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Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 9 ahead of hajj

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

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Aug 2018
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A Muslim pilgrim carries his belongings as he leaves for the annual haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Guwahati, India, July 14, 2018. REUTERS
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The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rose to 9 ahead of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian health ministry announced Sunday.

In an official statement, the health ministry said a 59-year-old woman from Cairo governorate passed away in Jordan's Aqaba Port while en route to Saudi Arabia, due to a hypotensive shock.

The Jordanian port is used by Egyptian pilgrims in land travel to reach Saudi Arabia.

The ninth death comes a few hours after an eight pilgrim from Egypt's Menoufeya governorate passed away in Saudi Arabia's Madina El-Munawara, also from hypotensive shock.

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

The hajj will take place this year over five days from 19-24 August.

Around 80,000 Egyptians are expected to go on the hajj this year, Egyptian officials have said.

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