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Hajj 2024: Pilgrims fatalities due to Saudi Arabia’s intense heat surge to 577

At least 323 of those who died were Egyptians, most of them succumbing to heat-related illnesses

At least 577 pilgrims have died during Hajj this year due to Saudi Arabia’s soaring temperatures in the past few days.

The total figure obtained from the hospital morgue in Makkah’s Al Muaisem neighbourhood reveals that at least 550 pilgrims died during the Hajj pilgrimage this year due to the intense heat.

However, the total number of deaths reported by multiple countries so far brought the tally to 577, according to AFP.

Meanwhile, two Arab diplomats, coordinating their countries’ responses, revealed that among the pilgrims who died, 323 were Egyptians, most of whom succumbed to heat-related illnesses.

“All of them (the Egyptians) died because of heat”, except for one who sustained fatal injuries during a minor crowd crush, one of the diplomats said.

The diplomats maintained that at least 60 Jordanians also died, adding to the official tally of 41 given earlier on Tuesday by Amman.

According to Saudi authorities, around 1.8 million pilgrims performed the Hajj this year, 1.6 million of them from abroad.

The new deaths bring the total reported so far by multiple countries to 577, according to an AFP tally.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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