Egypt Independent

Egyptian Hajj pilgrim death toll rises to 70



The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Friday morning the death of an Egyptian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of deaths of Egyptian pilgrims this year to 70 people.

The deceased pilgrim was identified as Ali Hassan Saber, 81, from Beheira governorate, Ahmed al-Ansari, head of the Hajj Medical Mission, said.

Saber died following a cardiac arrest, Ansari explained.

Egyptian authorities are coordinating with Saudi authorities to draw up the death certificate of the victim, Ansari said.

Pilgrims will return to Egypt starting from September 6 through the 22, by way of Jeddah city, and from September 6 to the 26 through al-Madina al-Monawara city, Egypt Air Company announced.

Edited Translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm