14 Jordanian and 5 Iranian pilgrims died during the Hajj season in Saudi Arabia

Jordanian and Iranian authorities announced on Sunday that 14 Jordanian and five Iranian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia while performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place under extreme temperatures, without specifying the causes of death.

The annual pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, began on Friday in Mecca, with more than 1.8 million pilgrims taking part, most of them travelling from abroad.

This year’s hajj is being held in the summer, in one of the hottest regions in the world, with temperatures reaching 46 degrees centigrade on Saturday.

Saudi authorities have not released any statement on the number of heat stress cases among pilgrims this year, but last year, more than 10,000 cases were recorded, of which 10 per cent were sunstroke, the most serious condition.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday in a statement published by the official news agency Petra: “14 Jordanian pilgrims died and 17 others disappeared while performing the Hajj rituals.” The ministry is following up with the relevant Saudi authorities to bury the pilgrims and transfer the bodies of those whose families wish to transfer them to the kingdom, the statement said, adding that the search is ongoing to find the 17 missing pilgrims.

“Five Iranian pilgrims lost their lives… in Mecca and Medina during this year’s Hajj,” said Iranian Red Crescent head Pirhossein Koliond.

Authorities have not released details of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these pilgrims.

All Muslims are required to perform Hajj in Mecca at least once in their lifetime if they are able. Hajj involves a series of rituals that are performed over the course of four days.

From the website: Fez News

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