320+ Egyptians Die During Hajj: AFP

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At least 323 Egyptian pilgrims have died during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, primarily due to heat-related illnesses, reported the AFP. While Egypt has not officially confirmed these figures, state media have reported several deaths among the 56,000 Egyptians who participated in the pilgrimage. “All of them died because of heat” except for one who sustained fatal injuries during a minor crowd crush, one diplomat said to the AFP, adding that the total figure was obtained from the hospital morgue in the Al-Muaisem neighborhood of Mecca. The rising death toll is not limited to Egyptians. At least 60 Jordanians also died, an increase from the official tally of 41 earlier reported by the Jordanian government. According to an AFP tally, the total number of deaths reported by various countries now stands at 577, with the morgue in Al-Muaisem accounting for 550 of these deaths. This year, around 1.8 million pilgrims participated in the Hajj, with 1.6 million coming from abroad, as per Saudi authorities. The pilgrimage was marked by extreme heat, with temperatures reaching a scorching 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on…

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