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1,300 Estimated Dead In Annual Pilgrimage Abroad: Report

Posted on AllSides June 24th, 2024
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An estimated 1,301 people have died during this year’s Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, known as Hajj, due to sweltering temperatures at the Saudi Arabia holy site, CNN reported Sunday, citing Saudi officials.

“The health system addressed numerous cases of heat stress this year, with some individuals still under care. Regrettably, the number of mortalities reached 1,301,” CNN reported, citing a statement by Saudi government officials. One of Islam’s most significant rites of passage, the pilgrimage is mandatory for all financially and physically able Muslims at least once in their lives.

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