Egyptian pilgrim death toll rises to 15: Health ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Sep 2015

The total number of Egyptian pilgrims to Mecca this year is 62,479

A Muslim pilgrim prays around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca (Reuters)

Fifteen Egyptians had died as of late Saturday night in Saudi Arabia while on pilgrimage during hajj season, health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.   

Saudi hospitals also received 83 ill or injured Egyptians, including 53 who had to undergo dialysis.

Thirty nine are still being treated, while 44 have been released from the hospital.

All of the deceased Egyptians were elderly who were suffering from chronic diseases or serious medical complications, including severe drop in blood pressure, complications of colon or liver cancer, and heart attacks.

The health ministry also said there are no Egyptian pilgrims suffering from epidemic diseases currently in Saudi Arabia.

All 62,479 Egyptian pilgrims had arrived to Saudi Arabia as of Sunday morning, assistant interior minister for administrative matters and Egyptian hajj delegation executive president Major-General Sayed Maher told state news agency MENA.

In 2014, 44 Egyptian pilgrims died during the hajj.

Two million pilgrims performed hajj in 2014, including 1.4 million non-Saudis.

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