Hundreds of pilgrims die due to heat wave and stampede

According to an AFP report, at least 577 pilgrims of different nationalities died during this year’s Hajj, mainly due to high temperatures. Among them, 323 Egyptian pilgrims died in Mecca, and Arab diplomats reported that all the deaths were caused by extreme weather conditions, except for a stampede that resulted in one fatal injury.

In a related context, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its cooperation with the Saudi authorities in searching for Egyptian pilgrims who went missing during the season, while the Jordanian consulate issued 41 burial permits for Jordanian pilgrims who were buried in Mecca at the request of their families.

The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death of 35 Tunisian pilgrims, including 5 pilgrims who came through the government lottery system and 30 pilgrims with visit or Umrah visas, noting that the Tunisian diplomatic mission is cooperating with the Saudi authorities to finalize their burial procedures.

In a related context, Saudi authorities have reported treating more than 2,000 pilgrims with heat exhaustion, but have not updated that figure since Sunday and have not released updated information about the deaths.

Saudi television reported on Monday that pilgrims have performed Hajj in extremely hot weather conditions, resulting in some deaths during the current season, with temperatures in the shade reaching 51.8 degrees Celsius inside the Grand Mosque.

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network reported on Tuesday that 11 Iranian pilgrims died, while 24 others were hospitalized without mentioning the cause of death.

The Senegalese Press Agency announced on Monday that three Senegalese nationals had died during the Hajj season.

According to Le Monde, 136 Indonesian pilgrims lost their lives during the Hajj, including 3 due to heatstroke.

In a post on the X platform, the Saudi Ministry of Health warned against sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., advising pilgrims to avoid heat stress by using an umbrella and increasing water intake.

The ministry emphasized in its statement that prevention comes first, calling on pilgrims not to go out at peak times unless absolutely necessary or use an umbrella, which contributes to minimizing cases of heat stress.

The Saudi General Authority for Statistics expects the number of pilgrims this season to reach 1.8 million people.

Source : Fes News Media

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