48 families to submit DNA in search of missing relatives in Hajj
Medical personnel tend to a wounded pilgrim following a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca September 24, 2015. The death toll from a stampede during the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Thursday has risen to 453 people of various nationalities, the Saudi civil defence said. REUTERS/Stringer

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.

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