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Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the tragic accident in Mecca

24.09.2015 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (24 September) on the mass panic during the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca that has claimed the lives of hundreds of people:

I am shocked by the news that several hundred people have been killed during this year’s Hajj. I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Saudi Arabian people, to all pilgrims who have travelled to Mecca, and in particular to the families of the victims who have been dealt such a cruel blow today, during the most important Muslim holiday.

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