33 Egyptians die while on pilgrimage in Mecca


Egypt’s health ministry on Wednesday announced that 33 Egyptians have died in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca while participating the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

“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 the deceased pilgrims from the North African country range from 50 to 80 years, and severe drops in blood circulation has been cited 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 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.

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