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Egypt Consulate in Jeddah posts photos of unidentified pilgrims in Mecca stampede online

The consulate is calling on Egyptian citizens to help identify victims

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Sep 2015
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Friday, July 18, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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The Egyptian Consulate in Jeddah has started to post on its official Facebook page Wednesda a number of photos showing unidentified Egyptian pilgrims from among the victims of the Mecca stampede last week.

The photos included both the dead and injured currently in Saudi hospitals, calling on citizens to identify them and to contact the consulate on the following numbers: 012220473333-01220463333-25772500. 

The url of the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Consulate is Jeddah is: http://www.facebook.com/Egyptian.Consulate.In.Jeddah

On Tuesday, authorities announced the official death toll among Egyptian pilgrims in the Mecca stampede had reached 78, while the number of Egyptians unaccounted for reached 98.

According to Saudi authorities, the death toll in the Mecca stampede has reached 769 as of Saturday, with at least 934 injured.

Last week's stampede occurred as pilgrims converged on the site of Mena, just outside Mecca, to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil that marks the last day of the hajj (pilgrimage).

Almost two million pilgrims took part in the stoning ritual this year, with an estimated 62,000 Egyptians performing hajj in 2015.

Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, should be performed at least once by every Muslim who can afford the trip.
 

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