Haj Stampede
Bodies are removed after a hajj stampede in Mena, outside Mecca.Reuters File

The recent stampede in Mina in Saudi Arabia's Makkah province has become the deadliest tragedy related to the Hajj pilgrimage, with the death toll reportedly rising to 1,453 as on Friday.

The Associated Press released a list on Friday claiming that at least 1,453 pilgrims were killed in the stampede, which took place on 24 September in Mina near the holy city of Mecca.

The AP death toll is based on the statements and officials' comments from 19 of the over 180 countries that sent citizens to Saudi Arabia on the five-day annual pilgrimage last month.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), however, has maintained that the official figure of 769 killed and 934 injured is accurate.

So far, the biggest tragedy involving Hajj pilgrims was reported on 2 July, 1990 wherein 1,426 people were killed in a stampede inside the 500-yard-long Al-Ma'aisim tunnel that links the holy city of Mecca and the camping city of Mina.

Read: Timeline of Haj tragedies from 1975 to 2015

The highest number of Hajj pilgrims killed in the latest stampede is believed to be from Iran. Earlier this month, Iran had claimed that 464 Iranians were killed in the stampede.

According to The Indian Express, as many as 101 Indians were among those killed in the crush, while 32 nationals are still reported missing.

Iran has severely criticised the Saudi government for the mismanagement leading to the stampede and accused the kingdom of hiding the actual number of death. It has claimed that more than 4,000 Hajj pilgrims were killed in the crush, according to CNN.

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