Egyptian pilgrims ‘safe and sound’: health ministry official
Muslim pilgrims walk near a construction crane which crashed in the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. At least 107 people were killed when the crane toppled over at Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Islam's annual haj pilgrimage. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

CAIRO: A total 10,270 Egyptian pilgrims have converged on the makeshift medical clinics set up in Saudi Arabia as of Saturday night; head of Health Ministry Hajj mission Dr. Hisham Atta was quoted by Youm7 Sunday.

“A total of 8,970 Egyptian pilgrims had converged on the clinics at Mecca, 776 on clinics at Madina and 524 at Jeddah,” Atta said.

He confirmed all Egyptian pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia are in “good health and they do not suffer from any epidemics or serious diseases.”

Eleven Egyptian pilgrims, out of 31 who were admitted to Saudi hospitals, have been released while the rest are still under medical examination, Atta said, adding that four Egyptian pilgrims have died of “circulatory collapse.”

The Egyptian Health Ministry has established 35 makeshift medical clinics in Saudi Arabia to provide healthcare services for Egyptian pilgrims during the Hajj season expected to start Sept. 22.

“The medical clinics, located in Mecca, Jeddah and Medina, comprise 350 doctors and nurses tasked with making good preparations for the reception-arrangements of the Egyptian pilgrims and providing excellent services to enable them perform Hajj rituals in ease and comfort,” Atta said.

At least 107 pilgrims were killed Friday after a crane collapsed onto one of Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca.

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