A stamepede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca has killed at least 300 pilgrims and injured 450, according to Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate.
The chaotic scene unfolded in the city of Mina, just outside Mecca, where some two million worshippers have gathered for the pilgrimage this year.
Reports estimate the death toll will continue to rise as civil defense workers respond to the incident.
Al Jazeera's Omar Alsaleh told his news agency, "This is only the initial number ... The Hajj season was already overshadowed by the crane accident that killed 107 people and wounded more than 200."
This is not the first disaster to strike the holy city this year. At least 107 were killed during the lead up to Hajj earlier this month when a crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque.
Raw footage on social media shows the aftermath of the horrific scene, as another tragedy stains this year's holy pilgrimage.
See a clip of the aftermath below, via YouTube.
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