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Death toll of Egyptian pilgrims this year hits 110: ministry

Thursday 21/September/2017 - 05:28 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh
The final death toll for Egyptian pilgrims who have died of natural causes this year has reached 110 deaths, 105 died in Mecca, and 5 others died in Medina, Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced on Thursday.

On the other hand, the number of pilgrims who visited the clinics of the Egyptian medical mission clinic for pilgrimage, amounted 73,666 cases have been diagnosed and treated، including 69,492 cases in Mecca, and 4174 others in Medina.

Head of the Hajj Medical Mission, Dr. Ahmad Al-Ansari, revealed in press remarks that no cases of infectious or epidemic diseases have been detected among Egyptian pilgrims this year.

Al-Ansari revealed that last 8 pilgrims died in KSA, after they passed away after suffering from heart attack.

He pointed out that their names were as the following:

- Sadia Siddiq Ahmed Mohamed، 81 years old، hails from Sohag governorate.
- Salwa Mohamed Mukhtar Abdel Fattah، 49 years old، hails from Beheira governorate.
- Huda Mohamed Mohamed Abdel Aal، 62 years old، hails from Menoufia governorate.
-Hanim Mohamed Abdul Rahim Abdul Majeed، 61 years old، hails from Menoufia governorate.
-Zeinab Hussein Ibrahim al-Aswad، 68 years old، hails from al-Sharqiya governorate.
-Hassan Abdel Salam Abdel-Attar، 63 years old، hails from Menoufia governorate.
- Said Abdul Hamid Qnawi Abdul Rahim، 54 years old، hails from Menoufia governorate.
-Latifa Tayeh Suleiman Obeid، 62 years old، from Port Said governorate.

Meanwhile, Medina, Jeddah and Cairo airports raised a state of alert for employees to help the pilgrims and solve any problems they encountered during the flights.

The pilgrims flights began to return back home on September 6 as a part of the Cairo-Jeddah air bridge, which will conclude on September 25. 

Noteworthy, it is expected that EgyptAir Company will carry a total of 75،000 Egyptian pilgrims to Cairo، after finishing performing Hajj. 

This year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage began on August 30 and concluded on September 4.

Last year, 43 Egyptian pilgrims died from heat exhaustion، fatigue and other natural causes.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city for Muslims، and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.

Muslim pilgrims often perform Umrah during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar، Ramadan, in Mecca، Saudi Arabia, which can be undertaken at any time of the year، in contrast to Hajj, which is performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

In the Islamic calendar, Hajj begins on the eighth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month, and ends on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The religious rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage، however, can be completed in five days.

Umrah and Hajj seasons are regulated by Saudi authorities to ensure that the holy sites and lodging in Maccah and Madinah are able to accommodate millions of visitors, which is needed for crowd control and avoid death cases.

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