Press release

Foreign Secretary saddened by enormous loss of life in Mecca

The Foreign Secretary has expressed his condolences following today’s tragic events in Mecca, where more than 700 pilgrims have been killed.

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Speaking today Philip Hammond said:

I was saddened to hear of the enormous loss of life in Mecca. My thoughts are with families and victims at this difficult time. Such a significant tragedy will affect Muslims across the world who take part in the Hajj pilgrimage.

Our staff remain in close contact with the Saudi authorities and tour operators, and are checking hospitals and other locations to urgently gather information about British nationals who may require assistance.

We are also deploying further staff from the region to bolster our response.

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Published 24 September 2015