Death toll of Egyptian pilgrims in Mecca stampede increases to 177

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Oct 2015

The overall death toll of pilgrims from the stampede last month has reached 769

Members of Saudi Red Crescent tend to pilgrims who were victims of a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca in this handout picture published on Facebook account of the Saudi Red Crescent September 24, 2015 (Reuters)

The death toll of Egyptian pilgrims in last month’s stampede in Mecca increased to 177 on Sunday according to a media statement released by Egypt's consular-general in Jeddah, Ahram Arabic news website reported. 

Adel El-Alfi also announced in the statement that the number of missing Egyptian pilgrims stands at 64, while the number of injured Egyptians in Saudi hospitals remains 10.

The stampede occurred on 23 Wednesday September as pilgrims converged in Mena, just outside Mecca, to take part in a ritual involving the symbolic stoning of the devil.

Saudi Arabian authorities are conducting investigations into the hajj tragedy.

According to Saudi Arabia's authorities, the official death toll in the stampede has reached 769.

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

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