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June 24, 2024 8:38 AM

Over 1,300 people died during Hajj pilgrimage in 2024: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that as many as 1,301 people died during the Hajj pilgrimage, with "numerous cases" due to heat stress and "unauthorized" trips accounting for over four out of five of the deaths, CNN reported. In a statement, the Saudi government said, "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." The statement noted that 83 per cent of those who died were "unautho...

June 19, 2024 2:55 PM

Scorching Temperatures Claim Lives of Hajj Pilgrims

This year's Hajj pilgrimage was marked by extreme heat, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least 550 pilgrims. Among the deceased, 323 were Egyptians, primarily succumbing to heat-related illnesses. India reported around 50 deaths during the core Hajj period, including the Day of Arafat. The Day of Arafat posed significant challenges, with temperatures soaring above 50 degrees Celsius. Despite the provision of air-conditioned tents, many pilgrims adhered to the strict religious practice of "W...

June 16, 2024 8:46 AM

Day of Arafat Marks Climax of Hajj Pilgrimage

The annual Hajj pilgrimage reached its zenith today with the Day of Arafat, when millions of Muslims from across the globe gathered at the plains of Mount Arafat on the outskirts of Makkah. All 1,755,000 pilgrims from India joined the masses who descended on the sandy grounds after spending the previous night in the nearby tent city of Mina. The pilgrims remained on the plains until sunset, spending the day in fervent prayers and rituals central to the Hajj. After dark, the faithful will make t...

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