Egypt says woman died, 20 injured in Hajj stampede
Muslim pilgrims perform prayers in Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca - REUTERS
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CAIRO: An Egyptian pilgrim died and ten others were injured Thursday in  Mecca’s Mina stampede in Saudi Arabia, where more than 717 pilgrims were killed and 805 others injured, Egyptian Minister of Heath Ahmed Emad-al-Din announced in a statement.

Egyptian tourism pilgrimage mission in Mecca announced that an Egyptian woman died in the stampede, while two nationals of the injured pilgrims have been admitted into an intensive care unit.

Other injured pilgrims suffered from sunstrokes, breathing difficulties, and fractures, Emad-al-Din added.

Three Egyptians died Thursday due to health issues unrelated to the stampede, raising the number of Egyptians who died since the beginning of the Hajj season to 21 people.

Egypt’s Civil Society mission of pilgrims announced Thursday that three elderly women died of heart failure.

The Ministry of Health announced Monday that 17 Egyptian pilgrims have died due to “health issues.”

The Saudi authorities announced that the total number of the pilgrims this year reached more than 2 million persons, AP reported Tuesday.

The Hajj, Islamic pilgrimage, is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is the largest Muslim gathering through the year, during which deaths among pilgrims usually occur, mostly due to sudden health crises.

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