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.