Six Egyptian pilgrims believed missing in hajj stampede made it home safely

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Oct 2015

Muslim pilgrims wait for bus ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca September 22, 2 days before the deadly stampede (Reuters)

Six Egyptians who were among those considered lost in last month's hajj stampede tragedy in Saudi Arabia turned out to have returned home safely, Egyptian authorities said on Monday.

According to the statement by Egypt’s foreign ministry, the number of Egyptians missing in the stampede stands at 53, with 181 reported killed.

The statement did not specify how and when the ministry determined that the six missing made it home.

The number of Egyptians injured remains at 10.

Egypt’s Consulate-General in Jeddah continues to follow up with the executive hajj body and hajj delegations for the most recent number of Egyptians who died, were injured, or are missing.

The exact number of pilgrims killed in the event is still unknown, but estimates suggest that over a thousand perished during the crowd crush.

The stampede took place on 24 September at a site in Mena where pilgrims throw pebbles at a wall representing Satan.

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

Saudi authorities are conducting investigations into the disaster.


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