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August 7, 1987 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
The heads of more than 40 Muslim nations have consulted with Saudi Arabia and expressed approval of its conduct last week when Iranian extremists apparently sparked a riot in the holy city of Mecca that left more than 400 dead and 600 injured, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said Thursday. At the same time, Secretary of State George P.
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April 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
Muslims rushing to fulfill a ritual known as "stoning the devil" set off a huge stampede Thursday that reportedly killed more than 150 people, many of them elderly, on the last day of the annual pilgrimage known as the hajj. Some of the victims had sat down to rest on an elevated walkway in the 100-degree heat while waiting to begin the ritual. They were trampled from behind by fellow pilgrims when word came that the group could move forward.
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August 2, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
The Saudi Arabian government reported Saturday that 402 people were killed during clashes touched off by Iranian pilgrims in Mecca, where more than 2 million Muslims were making the solemn annual trek to the holiest shrines of Islam. An official statement read on television said that of the total killed in Friday's fighting, 275 were Iranians, 85 were Saudi citizens and security men and 42 were pilgrims of other nationalities. More than 600 were wounded, the statement said.
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May 25, 1994 | Associated Press
Officials said Tuesday that 250 Muslims died in a stampede a day earlier during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, but witnesses, doctors and a senior Asian diplomat put the death toll above 1,000. The faithful were on their way to take part in a symbolic stoning of the devil when the incident occurred. Some pilgrims died when they were knocked off a crowded overpass. Others were trampled to death. In the panic, some survived by tying their clothes into ropes and escaping to the ground below.
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July 18, 1988
Saudi Arabian security forces were on full alert as about 700,000 pilgrims crowded into the country for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Saudi authorities hope to avoid a repeat of riots that killed more than 400 people--mostly Iranians--during last year's pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site. More than 1 million pilgrims are expected to visit the nation during the hajj, or pilgrimage, which began July 15.
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August 6, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
As the first Iranian bodies from the fighting in Mecca last week arrived in Tehran on Wednesday, regional specialists and Western diplomats in the Persian Gulf area warned that the violence and ensuing rise in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia appear to have caused a significant deepening of the historic antagonisms between the two major sects of Islam.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Oil prices shot above $22 a barrel Monday in a gusher of nervous buying that analysts said was inspired more by headlines than economics. Following bloody weekend clashes between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi Arabian police and renewed anti-American threats from Iran, oil prices jumped sharply when trading opened on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices gave back some ground later in the session. Contracts for September delivery of West Texas Intermediate, the bellwether U.S.
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August 29, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The armed forces of Saudi Arabia went on maximum military alert after the Mecca riots last month and remain at a high state of readiness as the kingdom formulates a new and more aggressive diplomacy aimed at confronting and weakening Iran in the Muslim world, a well-placed Saudi source said Friday.
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August 5, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Iran said Tuesday that in its three days of military maneuvers around the Persian Gulf, some units are training to make suicide attacks on U.S. warships with explosive-laden speedboats. Shipping sources said there has been no appreciable decline in the number of merchant ships using the narrow Strait of Hormuz into the gulf after the start of the maneuvers.
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August 10, 1987 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger on Sunday rejected as "rumors" reports that Persian Gulf states are not cooperating with U.S. efforts to clear the gulf of mines and implied that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are helping to provide bases for minesweeping helicopters. "We've had a lot of luck and a lot of cooperation from Kuwait and from Saudi Arabia and from many of our friends in the gulf, but we don't talk about . . .
NEWS
October 21, 1988
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd has made his second good-will gesture to Iran in less than a week, ordering a halt to a media campaign attacking Tehran, the state radio said. "Let us start with the good, and we hope to get the same in return," Fahd was quoted as telling students in the holy city of Mecca, the site of riots last year that left 402 people dead, 275 of them Iranians. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in April after charging that nation with plotting terrorism against the kingdom.
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July 17, 1988
Saudi Arabia accused the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran of using "hired elements" to disrupt this month's pilgrimage to Mecca, where last year more than 400 people, mostly Iranians, died during rioting at Islam's holiest site. Riyadh warned Iran that it would crack down hard on any political demonstrations or acts of sabotage at this year's hajj pilgrimage.
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August 29, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The armed forces of Saudi Arabia went on maximum military alert after the Mecca riots last month and remain at a high state of readiness as the kingdom formulates a new and more aggressive diplomacy aimed at confronting and weakening Iran in the Muslim world, a well-placed Saudi source said Friday.
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August 26, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The Saudi interior minister accused Iran on Tuesday of plotting to hijack Saudi airliners and to mount terrorist attacks on diplomatic missions as part of a campaign to destabilize the Saudi leadership following the bloody riots by Iranian pilgrims in Mecca last month. Pledging that Saudi Arabia will not hesitate to defend itself, he warned that "any sabotage and any aggression" will be met with a "strong and determined" response.
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August 18, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Crowds carrying the bodies of 37 Muslim pilgrims killed in Mecca gathered outside the former U.S Embassy here Monday, chanting slogans against the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel. An estimated 2,000 people brandished banners and black flags as they marched with the bodies from the headquarters of the Martyrs' Foundation, an organization that helps the families of those killed in the Iran-Iraq War, to the former embassy a mile away.
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May 25, 1994 | Associated Press
Officials said Tuesday that 250 Muslims died in a stampede a day earlier during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, but witnesses, doctors and a senior Asian diplomat put the death toll above 1,000. The faithful were on their way to take part in a symbolic stoning of the devil when the incident occurred. Some pilgrims died when they were knocked off a crowded overpass. Others were trampled to death. In the panic, some survived by tying their clothes into ropes and escaping to the ground below.
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May 3, 1988
Saudi Arabia warned Iran it will use force to prevent a repetition of last year's bloody riots in Mecca, which killed at least 402 pilgrims, including 275 Iranians. "Any departure from the basic rituals of the pilgrimage will be met with force and firmness, and the Iranians know this," the Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz, told a Kuwaiti newspaper.
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