Death toll of Egyptians killed in Mecca stampede rises to 177
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
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CAIRO: The death toll of Egyptian pilgrims in Mecca’s stampede, which killed more than 750 people, rose up to 177, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement Sunday.

The total number of the Egyptian missing in the stampede decreased from 73 to 64 pilgrims, while the number of the injured Egyptians still 10 nationals, Egyptian General Consul in Jeddah stated.

On Sept. 24, Saudi Arabia announced it had agreed to receive DNA samples from Egyptians whose relatives have been missing since Mecca’s stampede to compare them with the bodies of unidentified victims.

Saudi Arabia vowed to compensate the crane victims with millions of riyals, and the stampede incident has raised controversy over the Kingdom’s capability in handling millions of pilgrims in the biggest gathering of people in the world every year.

Hajj, Islamic pilgrimage, is one of Islam’s five pillars; it is a once in a lifetime obligation on Muslims who can bear the ritual physically and financially.

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