Egyptian fatalities in Mecca stampede rises to 124

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Oct 2015

The death toll of Egyptian pilgrims jumps in less than 24 hours from 83 to 124

Emergency services attend to victims crushed in a crowd in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 (AP)

The number of Egyptian pilgrims killed in the Mecca stampede has increased to 124, the head of Egypt's official pilgrimage delegation Mokhtar Gomaa of the religious endowments ministry said in a press statement in Mecca on Thursday afternoon, state-owned MENA reported. 

According to the statement, 91 fatalities were identified by the official Egyptian delegation, 20 others cases were identified by the Saudi authorities, while a further 13 were identified by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah. 

Gomaa also added that the number of injured Egyptian pilgrims in hospitals reached 16, while 72 Egyptians are still missing.

Earlier on Thursday, the Minister of Religious Endowments announced that the Egyptian death toll had reached 83.

The stampede occurred on Wednesday last week as pilgrims converged in Mena, just outside Mecca, to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual.

The latest figures released on Saturday by Saudi authorities placed the death toll of the Mena stampede at 769, with at least 934 injured.

Almost two million pilgrims took part in the stoning ritual this year, with an estimated 62,000 Egyptians performing hajj in 2015.

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