CAIRO: A total of 17 Egyptian pilgrims were injured Monday after their 21-passenger bus collided into two trucks along a highway en route from Nuweiba port to Mecca, Egypt’s state-owned news agency MENA reported, citing the Egyptian General Consul in Jeddha Adel al-Alfi.
All injured persons were transported to four hospitals in Mecca and Jeddah, he added, noting that investigations were launched into the incidents.
The passengers were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, which could be done in anytime in the year, as opposed to the Hajj pilgrimage, which should be performed annually in a specific time (in the eleventh month of Islamic Calendar).
On March 19, a total of 19 Egyptian pilgrims were killed when a bus carrying 44 passengers overturned along Mecca-Medina road in Saudi Arabia.
In September, thousands of people from different nationalities were killed in Mecca stampede during the 2015 Hajj; the stampede occurred while almost 2 million pilgrims from all over the world were simultaneously performing the “stoning of the devil” ritual in Mina near Mecca. The crush claimed the lives of more than 700 and injured more than 800, according to media reports.
At least 200 Egyptian pilgrims were reportedly killed and more than 50 others were missing in the stampede.