DOf this 577 counted together from various official sources, at least 323 are Egyptian pilgrims who died during the Hajj, almost all due to heat-related illnesses, two Arab diplomats told AFP.

“They all died from heat-related illnesses,” with the exception of one pilgrim who died after being injured in a crowd movement, one of the diplomats said, adding that the total number came from a hospital morgue in the Al-Muaisem neighborhood. , in Mecca.

At least 60 Jordanians also died, according to diplomats, more than the official death toll of 41 previously announced by Amman.

The total number of deaths during this Muslim pilgrimage compares with at least 240 last year, although most countries have not specified the exact number of cases related to high temperatures, writes AFP.

The annual pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, took place again this year in the middle of summer in one of the hottest regions in the world, with temperatures reaching 51.8 degrees Celsius in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Saudi authorities said they had treated more than 2,000 pilgrims suffering from heat stress, but did not provide any information on deaths, unlike Jordan, whose Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that it had issued 41 permits to bury pilgrims in Mecca.

Authorities are “following the burial procedures for Jordanian pilgrims who died during the Hajj after suffering heatstroke”, reads the statement cited by AFP, which also states that Tunisia reported that 35 Tunisian pilgrims had died in context of a “sharp rise in temperatures” in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia had warned this morning of the risks of extreme temperatures in Mecca, where more than a dozen heat-related deaths were confirmed in the main Muslim pilgrimage, which this year brought together 1.8 million pilgrims, 1.6 million of whom which come from abroad.

This annual rite – one of the largest religious gatherings in the world – took place again this year in summer, a particularly hot season in Saudi Arabia.

More than 2,700 cases of heat exhaustion were recorded on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said at the end of the pilgrimage.

Today, temperatures reached 51.8 degrees Celsius in Mecca, Islam’s first holy city in the west of the country, site of the pilgrimage.

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