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Hundreds of people died due to extreme heat during Hajj – media

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun19,2024

Hundreds of people died due to extreme heat during Hajj, - media

< em>Photo: Muslim pilgrims make a farewell circumambulation around the Kaaba, Islam's main shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca on June 18, 2024

Hundreds of participants in the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca have died due to debilitating heat waves, media and foreign ministries reported.

AFP news agency reported on Tuesday, June 18, citing diplomats, that at least 550 people died during the Hajj.

Of these, 323 were Egyptian citizens. Most of them died from heat-related illnesses, AFP reported, citing two Arab diplomats.

Reuters could not independently confirm these figures.

Crushes, fires in tent camps and other accidents have caused deaths during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia over the past 30 years.

The pilgrimage began on Friday, June 14.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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