Egyptian pilgrims' death toll rises to 6 ahead of annual hajj: Health ministry

Menna Alaa El-Din , Saturday 11 Aug 2018

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File Photo: Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca (Photo: Reuters)

An Egyptian pilgrim died in Saudi Arabia ahead of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, bringing the total death toll to six, Egypt’s health ministry announced on Friday.

In an official statement, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that a 67-year-old pilgrim from Daqahliya governorate passed away inside Al-Masjid Al-Ḥaram in Mecca while performing umrah due to hypotensive shock.

Megahed added that the Egyptian authorities were currently coordinating with Saudi counterparts to extract the Egyptian pilgrim’s death certificate.

Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes are a common occurrence among pilgrims on the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Hajj will take place this year over five days from August 19 to 24.

Around 80,000 Egyptians are expected to go on hajj this year, Egyptian officials have said.

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