A Muslim pilgrim carries his belongings as he leaves for the annual haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Guwahati, India, July 14, 2018. REUTERS
The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rose to 9 ahead of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian health ministry announced Sunday.
In an official statement, the health ministry said a 59-year-old woman from Cairo governorate passed away in Jordan's Aqaba Port while en route to Saudi Arabia, due to a hypotensive shock.
The Jordanian port is used by Egyptian pilgrims in land travel to reach Saudi Arabia.
The ninth death comes a few hours after an eight pilgrim from Egypt's Menoufeya governorate passed away in Saudi Arabia's Madina El-Munawara, also from hypotensive shock.
Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes are a common occurrence among pilgrims on the hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The hajj will take place this year over five days from 19-24 August.
Around 80,000 Egyptians are expected to go on the hajj this year, Egyptian officials have said.