• Pilgrims defy new Saudi rule on ‘devil stoning’ ritual

    Pilgrims defy new Saudi rule on ‘devil stoning’ ritual

    Pilgrims have defied new rules by the Saudi government on the ‘stoning of the devil’, compelling the authorities to revert to old guidelines.

    The directive had been designed to prevent a repeat of the 2015 stampede, which caused the death of more than 2,000 pilgrims.

    Under the new procedure, the estimated three million pilgrims would have been grouped into sets of 250, each with a Saudi guide and an assistant chosen from a participating country. Pilgrims were also not expected to proceed […]