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Today in history: 363 pilgrims sadly lost their lives in the Holy Land of Mecca.

Today marks exactly 15 years when some pilgrims met their untimely deaths. It was reported that the deaths was as a results of stampede.

Eye witnesses say the number could be more than that "Everybody was pushing from behind to get through and suddenly police blocked the entrance and people started falling on each other", said Mohammed al-Farra. Another added "The bodies were piled up. I couldn't count them - they were too many," said Suad Abu Hamada.

The number of fatalities reached 363, 203 of whom were identified within the first two days. Among deaths were 118 males and 85 females. These people were made up of multiple nationalities, Nigerians, Chinese, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Jordanians, Saudis, Sudanese etc.

It's believed that the sad incident occured at the last lap of the hajj rituals, the stoning of sheytan. Similar incident had occured in 2004 and plans had been made to avert any future occurances.

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