Over 1300 people die during the Hajj, most of them being unregistered pilgrims.

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Over 1300 people die during the Hajj, most of them being unregistered pilgrims.

According to reports, the deceased pilgrims come from more than ten nations, including the US and Indonesia.

More than 1,300 pilgrims have died as a result of performing the Hajj in intense weather; majority of the dead without legal licenses, according to AFP, which cited the official Saudi Press Agency.

Over 1300 people die during the Hajj, most of them being unregistered pilgrims.
According to the SPA, “Regrettably, the number of mortalities reached 1,301, with 83% being unauthorised to perform Hajj and having walked long distances under direct sunlight, without adequate shelter or comfort.”

It has been claimed that the deceased pilgrims came from over ten nations, including Indonesia and the United States, however several governments are still revising their totals.

Arab ambassadors disclosed last week that 658 deaths were attributed to Egyptians, 630 of them were undocumented pilgrims.

According to Saudi Arabia’s national meteorological center, Makkah’s temperatures this year reached as high as 51.8°C, and they indicated that heat-related causes accounted for the majority of the deaths.

Until Sunday, Riyadh has not made any public remarks regarding the fatalities or disclosed its own toll.

On Friday, however, a high-ranking Saudi official released a partial mortality toll for the two busiest days of the Hajj: June 15, when pilgrims flocked to Mount Arafat for hours of prayer under the scorching heat, and June 16, when they took part in the Mina ritual of stoning the devil.

“The state did not fail, but there was a misjudgement on the part of people who did not appreciate the risks,” the official added in defense of Riyadh’s response.

According to SPA, Saudi Health Minister Fahd Al Jalajel called the organization of this year’s Hajj “successful” on Sunday.

According to SPA, which summarized an interview Al Jalajel made to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ekhbariya channel, he claimed that the health system “provided more than 465,000 specialised treatment services, including 141,000 services to those who didn’t obtain official authorization to perform Hajj.”

According to Saudi officials, 1.6 million of the 1.8 million pilgrims who participated this year were from outside the country.

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