Number of Egyptian deaths in hajj stampede reaches 181

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Oct 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 (Photo: AP)

The number of Egyptians confirmed killed in the hajj crowd disaster in Saudi Arabia last month has risen to 181, Egypt's minister of religious endowments told state news agency MENA late on Sunday.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa also told MENA that the number of Egyptians considered missing after the event has decreased to 53, according to information provided by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah to the ministry.

The ministry will publish a list of the names of the Egyptians who were killed or who are missing on its website as soon as Egyptian consulate sends them to the ministry, Gomaa said.

Earlier on Sunday, the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah had announced that the number Egyptians who died was 177.

The Egyptian consulate and the official hajj delegations are following up on the situation in coordination with the ministry of religious endowments.

Exact numbers of the number of pilgrims killed in the event are not known, but estimates suggest that over a thousand perished during the crowd crush a site on the hajj pilgrimage route where pilgrims throw pebbles at a wall representing Satan.

Saudi authorities are conducting investigations into the tragedy. 

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