Scores of worshippers injured in stampede in Mecca

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At least 18 pilgrims were injured after a stampede in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

This news comes as the kingdom continues reviewing safety procedures after a deadly crush during last year’s hajj pilgrimage.

The worshippers were injured on Friday night in the Grand Mosque of Mecca, al-Riyadh newspaper said, as Muslims converged on the site for prayers during Laylat Al Qadr (Night of Power), one of the most revered nights of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The newspaper quoted a health official as saying that the injured were treated at the scene without requiring transferring to hospital.

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