stampede

Makkah police spokesman Lt. Col. Atiyah AlQurashi confirmed that four people were injured while performing Umrah in a stampede at the over crowded Grand Mosque today.

He dismissed reports on social media sites, that claimed that 3 people attempted suicide during the washing of the Kaaba, as rumours.

Al-Qurashi said that three of the injured people were offered medical assistance on site and the forth was transported to the hospital where he was discharged after treatment.

A picture showing an unconscious woman and a man surrounded by blood and security personnel is apparently what sparked the rumor about the suicide attempts.

The video below demonstrates the intensity of the crowds this morning at the Grand Mosque during the washing of the Kaaba.