142 missing Egyptian pilgrims located, 1 still not found: Tourism Hajj Mission

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Jun 2024

Egypt’s Tourism Hajj Mission reported on Tuesday that it has managed to locate 142 Egyptian pilgrims who had gone missing while performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia and returned them to their residences.

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at pillars in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 16, 2024. Masses of pilgrims on Sunday embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia. The ritual marks the final days of the Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. (Photo: AP)


However, one pilgrim remains missing, the Head of the Tourism Hajj Mission committee overseeing the search for the lost Ayman Abdel-Azim told Egyptian news agency MENA.

At least eight Egyptian tourist pilgrims passed away during their Hajj pilgrimage at Mina and Arafat, and 27 others were transferred to hospitals in the holy sites during the first day of Eid Al-Adha on Sunday.

The number of Egyptian pilgrims reached 56,000 in the 2024 Hajj season.

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

Hajj, which takes place over five or six days from 8 to 12 Dhul Hijjah (the twelfth month of the Muslim lunar calendar), is mandatory for financially capable, able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime and is performed at the Kaaba in Mecca.

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