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The Independent - United Kingdom | 24/09/2015

Limit number of pilgrims in Mecca

Hundreds of pilgrims were killed in a stampede on Thursday morning during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in Mina, about two miles from the holy site in Mecca. The number of pilgrims must be limited to prevent more such tragedies in the future, the centre-left daily The Independent believes: "Global migration since the Second World War and the rise in air travel has meant pilgrims now come to Mecca for Hajj from nearly every country on earth. Pilgrim numbers hovered around 300,000 people during the late 19th century, driven by the expansion of steamship travel and railways. But pilgrim numbers now touch the two million mark ... One potential solution to avert further tragedies could be to again limit pilgrim numbers, but this would prevent more Muslims from performing the Hajj. There are no easy solutions to the management of this important ritual."

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