Sunday, July 14, 2024

Saudi Arabia Confirmed 1301 Pilgrims Died During Hajj

Saudi Arabia has reported over 1,300 deaths during the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage, primarily among unauthorized pilgrims who suffered from extreme heat without adequate shelter.

Health Minister Fahad Al Jalajel revealed that 83% of those who died did not have official permits and were forced to walk long distances under the scorching sun. Currently, 95 unauthorized pilgrims are being treated in hospitals.

Most of the deaths were caused by heat-related issues, affecting people from more than 10 different countries. Egyptians were the most affected, with 658 fatalities reported. During the pilgrimage, temperatures in Makkah soared up to 51.8°C (125°F), adding to the dangers faced by the pilgrims.

The Saudi government has defended its handling of the situation, stating that many pilgrims underestimated the severe risks posed by the intense heat and the strenuous conditions. Despite the government’s efforts to manage the pilgrimage and provide support, the lack of proper permits among many pilgrims led to inadequate access to shelter and medical care.

Saudi officials have emphasized the importance of following the regulations and obtaining the necessary permits to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in future pilgrimages. They also reiterated their commitment to improving conditions and resources to better handle the large influx of pilgrims and the challenges associated with extreme weather conditions.

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