Publish dateMonday 24 June 2024 - 09:09
Story Code : 292371
More than 1,300 pilgrims died in Makka due to extreme heat
Saudi Arabia authorities say that the number of Hajj pilgrims who died due to the extreme heat in this country has increased to more than 1,300 people.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - International Service: Saudi Arabia's Minister of Health, Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajal, said that among the 1,301 people who died during this year's Hajj ceremony, there were unauthorized pilgrims who traveled long distances around the city of Mecca to perform the Hajj rituals. 

The Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia, who spoke to the state television of that country, said that 95 pilgrims are under treatment in hospitals and some of them were transferred by plane to the hospitals of Riyadh, the capital of that country. He said that the identification of the deceased pilgrims was delayed because they did not have any documents with them.

According to two Egyptian officials who did not want to be named in the report, the victims include more than 660 Egyptian citizens, except for 31 of them, all of them were unauthorized pilgrims.

Egyptian authorities have revoked the licenses of 16 travel companies because they illegally helped unauthorized pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia. According to Egyptian authorities, these companies provided pilgrims with visas that did not allow them to enter the city of Mecca. According to Egyptian authorities, these companies have been referred to the Attorney General's Office to be prosecuted.

This year, more than 50,000 pilgrims traveled to Saudi Arabia with permission to perform Hajj rituals.

The authorities of Saudi Arabia announced on June 8 that the security forces of that country have cleared hundreds of thousands of unregistered pilgrims from the city of Mecca on the eve of the Hajj ceremony.

According to the Saudi Arabian News Agency, the people who were cleared from Mecca include 154,000 foreign citizens who entered Mecca with tourist visas instead of Hajj visas. The report also states that the Saudi authorities cleared another 171,587 people from the city of Mecca, who are residents of Saudi Arabia, but did not live in Mecca and were not allowed to perform Hajj.

But many of them, especially the citizens of Egypt, were able to reach around the city of Mecca and some of them came on foot. Unlike authorized pilgrims, unauthorized pilgrims did not have hotels to escape the intense heat.

According to official statistics, last year more than 1.8 million Muslims from all over the world participated in the supposed Hajj ceremony. According to reports, nearly 1.9 million pilgrims from all over the world participated in the Hajj rituals this year.
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