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7 Egyptian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia: Medical delegation head

Dozens of pilgrims die every year during the hajj due to fatigue or crowd stampedes

Ahram Online , Friday 18 Sep 2015
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The death toll of Egyptian hajj pilgrims reached seven, Head of the medical delegation said Friday, State television reported.
 
The seventh death was a 54-year-old from Alexandria who died due to colon cancer complications. Dozens of pilgrims die every year during the hajj due to fatigue or crowd stampedes. 
 
Pilgrims from around the world have started in the past few days to arrive in Saudi Arabia for the hajj.
 
One of the five major pillars of Islam, hajj must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all Muslims who can afford the costly and difficult trip.
 
Two million Saudi and foreign pilgrims performed hajj in 2014, including 1.4 million foreigners.
 
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