Deaths among Egyptian pilgrims on hajj reaches 35

Deaths among Egyptian pilgrims on hajj reaches 35

Egypt's health ministry said Saturday that further deaths among Egyptians while on the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, and during the first and second days of Islam's major festival of Eid Al-Adha, has brought the total number so far to 35, Ahram Online reports.

The new deaths were due to "fatigue, hard effort and old age," the head of Egypt's hajj medical commission Ahmed El-Ansary said, according to state-run news agency MENA.

He added that the ages of those dead range from 60 to 85.

Some 53 more Egyptian pilgrims are being treated for fatigue, diabetes and blood pressure problems in Saudi hospitals, El-Ansary said.

Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes are a common occurrence among pilgrims on the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

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