Egyptian Pilgrims Death Toll in Hajj Rises to 21

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The number of Egyptian pilgrims who have died in Saudi Arabia climbed to 21 Sunday, Egyptian state media reported.

The deceased have been buried in Saudi Arabia, after Egyptian authorities consulted with their families, MENA reported.

A total of 19 Egyptian pilgrims are currently receiving treatment in Saudi hospitals due to heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension.

Over 80,000 Egyptian pilgrims are in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this year.

In addition to common mortalities due to heat exhaustion, fatigue and other natural causes during the pilgrimage, fatal crowd stampedes are also regular occurrences due to the volume of pilgrims along the pilgrimage route.

According to some accounts, more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year.

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