Eight Egyptian tourist pilgrims passed away in Hajj 2024: Tourism Hajj Mission

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Jun 2024

At least eight Egyptian tourist pilgrims have passed away during their Hajj pilgrimage at the holy sites of Mina and Arafat, Egypt’s Tourism Hajj Mission said on Monday.

Muslims perform the Eid al-Adha morning prayer around the Kaaba, Islam s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia s holy city of Mecca, on the first day of the holiday marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage, on June 16, 2024. AFP


Six pilgrims from the tourism sector have passed away while performing their Hajj at the holy sites (Mina and Arafat), bringing the total number of deaths among tourism pilgrims during the Hajj season 2024 to eight so far, Head of Egypt’s Tourism Hajj Mission Samia Sami said in media statements to Al-Watan newspaper.

Sami added that the protocol in cases of death involves notifying the families of the deceased in Egypt and seeking their opinion on whether to bury them in Saudi Arabia or repatriate their bodies to Egypt.

She also noted that the Tourism Hajj Mission committees, present with the pilgrims in the camps, receive notifications from tourism companies in cases of illnesses or injuries among pilgrims and coordinate with the camps' field service offices to provide ambulance services and transport people to Mina hospitals.

An insurance policy covers all tourist pilgrims and the families of the deceased receive compensation after completing the inheritance declaration procedures.

So far, there has not been an official total death toll among Egyptian pilgrims, especially among the economic-state-organized Hajj mission.

However, some governorates have announced the death toll among its pilgrims.

Two women from north of Minya have passed away while performing their Hajj rituals, bringing the total number of deaths from Minya Governorate to five cases since the beginning of this season, according to governorate officials who spoke to media on Monday.

Moreover, four people from North Sinai and others from Fayoum have died while performing their Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia, according to news reports. 

The number of Egyptian pilgrims reached 56,000 this year.

More than 1.83 million Muslims performed Hajj in 2024, slightly less than the 2023 figure of 1.84 million, according to Saudi officials.

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