Death toll of Egyptian pilgrims to Mecca reaches 43

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The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia's city of Mecca has risen to 43, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
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Muslim pilgrims head on the walkway leading to the pillars where Muslim pilgrims partake in the symbolic stoning of the devil at the Jamarat Bridge in Mina, near Mecca, which marks the final major rite of the Hajj pilgrimage on August 23, 2018. 


The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia's city of Mecca has risen to 43, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"Four Egyptian pilgrims died in the Saudi territories, raising the death toll to 43," the Egyptian Health Ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said in the statement.

The new dead suffered poor blood circulation and respiratory failure while performing Hajj rituals, the spokesman added.

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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