DEATH TOLL OF EGYPTIAN PILGRIMS IN MECCA REACHES 33

CAIRO, Egypt- The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca has risen to 33, the Egyptian Health Ministry said, in a statement, on Wednesday.

“Three Egyptian pilgrims have died in the Saudi territories, raising the death toll to 33,” Khaled Megahed, Health Ministry’s spokesman, said, in the statement.

The ages of Egyptian pilgrims, who died during the Hajj vary, between 50’s and 80’s, with a severe drop in blood circulation, as the most common reason for the deaths.

The Egyptian authorities are coordinating with their Saudi counterparts, to issue death certificates, for the Egyptian dead pilgrims, during the Hajj season, according to the statement.

More than 84,000 Egyptians joined the annual Hajj season in Mecca this year, which attracted some 2.4 million pilgrims, from all over the world.

Last year, over 80 Egyptians died during the Hajj, out of some 70,000 Egyptian pilgrims.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and among the most important rituals for Muslims worldwide, as every Muslim must perform it, at least once in a lifetime, if possible and affordable.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK