CAIRO: A total of 48 families of missing Egyptian pilgrims have volunteered to submit to DNA tests to help find their relatives, announced the Minister of Health Ahmed Emad in a Wednesday news conference.
Saudi authorities will then receive the DNA samples to compare them to DNA extracted from the bodies of pilgrims unidentified.
In a deadly stampede that took place in Mecca’s Mina during one of the rituals of Hajj, Islamic pilgrimage, over 750 were killed; including at least 148 Egyptians.
There are some 86 Egyptians who are still missing, according to the Egyptian Consulate in Jeddah.
In a separate incident, five other Egyptians were killed when a construction crane fall on pilgrims at the holy mosque of Mecca, killing at least 100.
A total of 63, 000 Egyptians have performed Hajj this year, 54, 000 of them have visited the delegated Egyptian medical mission.