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Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 39 -- ministry

Thu, Aug. 23, 2018
CAIRO - 23 August 2018: Two more Egyptian pilgrims have died, bringing to 39 the total deaths among Egyptian pilgrims during the current Hajj season, said the Egyptian Health Ministry on Thursday.

The new deaths are from the governorates of Alexandria and Aswan. Their ages range between 63 to 81 years old, said the ministry's spokesman Khaled Meghad.

They suffered circulatory and respiratory collapse while performing Hajj rituals, added the spokesman.

Coordination is underway with Saudi authorities to issue death certificates for the deceased, he noted.
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