Natural deaths among Egyptian pilgrims in hajj climb to 43

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Sep 2016

File Photo of Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. (Photo: Reuters)

The death toll of Egyptian pilgrims who died of natural causes during the hajj in Saudi Arabia rose to 43 cases Saturday, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday quoting Egypt's deputy health minister Ali Hegazy.  

Hegazy, who is also the head of Egypt’s official medical delegation to the hajj, confirmed that all the deaths were due to natural causes.

He added that 67,169 Egyptian pilgrims received treatments from the delegation's medical, while 360 cases were admitted to Saudi hospitals.

Over 80,000 Egyptian pilgrims are performing the hajj this year.

The hajj and the lesser umrah pilgrimages bring millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia from around the globe every year.

The death of pilgrims due to heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes is a regular occurrence on the hajj.

One of the five pillars of Islam, the hajj is a duty for all Muslims once in a lifetime who can afford the costly and difficult trip.


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