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Egypt welcomes 257 tourists over past 24 days: sources

Fri, Aug. 24, 2018
CAIRO – 24 August 2018: On Thursday, Cairo airport received four tourist delegations from Southeast Asia over the past 24 hours, according to sources at Cairo International Airport.

The sources added, as cited in media outlets, that a total of 257 tourists landed in Cairo before heading to Egypt’s most notable tourist destinations such as Luxor and Red sea cities of Hurgada and Sharm el-Sheikh.

In another context, the Red Sea Port Authority is preparing the Maritime Nuweiba port to receive pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia through Nuweiba-Aqaba route and facilitate the measures of their arrival.

Operation rooms were formed to follow up on the arrival of pilgrims and facilitate the measures of their arrival, and an official of the Ministry of Tourism will be at the port to solve any problems that pilgrims might face.

The total number of pilgrims that will start returning home on Sunday is 36,000 pilgrims; 12,000 through land and 16,000 through airlift.

The number of pilgrims from inside and outside Saudi Arabia in 2018 has reached 2.3 million; the number of pilgrims coming from outside Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj was reported to be 1.76 million.

At the same time, the number of Egyptian pilgrims who passed away in Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj pilgrimage reached 33, spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said on Wednesday.

Deaths from heat exhaustion, fatigue and natural causes are a common occurrence among pilgrims on Hajj in Saudi Arabia, which takes place this year from Aug. 19 to 24.

During a press conference in Mina, Saudi Arabia, Marwan added that the Egyptian authorities are coordinating with Saudi officials to issue death certificates for the deceased Egyptians, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan, who heads this year's Egypt's Hajj mission to the holy lands in Saudi Arabia, said on Tuesday.

Marwan praised the role played by the medical team accompanying the Egyptian Hajj mission, pointing out that it provided excellent medical service to all pilgrims, in terms of examination, providing medicine, and following up on some cases in their rooms.
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