By: Tang Pei-chun and Christie Chen
Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) All 40 members of a Taiwanese Muslim association who are visiting Mecca have been confirmed to be safe, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah Office has established contact with the group and confirmed that group members have returned to their hotels in Mecca, MOFA spokeswomen Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) said.
Over 450 people were killed and 719 were injured in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday morning.
The stampede occurred as millions of Muslim pilgrims were participating in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. [FULL STORY]