110 Egyptians died while on pilgrimage this hajj season: Egypt's health ministry

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Sep 2017

A file photo of Muslim pilgrims praying around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca in 2016 (Photo:Reuters)

The final toll of Egyptians who died while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this hajj reason is 110, Egypt's Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

The ministry said that 105 died in Mecca and five died in Madina.

Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes are not uncommon among pilgrims on the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The statement added that 73,666 Egyptian pilgrims asked for medical assistance from official Egyptian hajj delegation clinics, with 69,492 patients in Mecca and 41,174 in Medina.

More than 100,000 Egyptian pilgrims performed the hajj this year, according to housing minister Mostafa Madbouly, who heads the Egyptian hajj delegation.

Saudi authorities say that more than 2.3 million Muslims participated in this year's hajj.

According to Islamic doctrine, all Muslims who are physically and financially able are required to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

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