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Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims on hajj reaches 17: Ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Sep 2017
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Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 29, 2017 Reuters
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Egypt's health ministry has said that the two more Egyptians have died on Friday while on the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, bringing the death toll so far this year to 17.

A woman and a man, both in their early sixties, died on Friday of heart attacks, the head of Egypt's hajj medical commission Ahmed El-Ansary said, according to state-run news agency MENA.

Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes are a common occurrence among pilgrims on the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Last year, 43 Egyptians died from such causes during the pilgrimage.

Saudi authorities say more than two million Muslims are expected to participate in this year's hajj, which starts next week.

 

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