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Loved ones search for missing as hajj death toll passes 900

Published by Guardian on Wed, 19 Jun 2024


Friends and family searched for missing hajj pilgrims on Wednesday as the death toll at the annual rituals, which were carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900. Relatives scoured hospitals and pleaded online for news, fearing the worst after temperatures hit 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) in Mecca, Islams holiest city, on Monday. About 1.8 million people from all over the world, many old and infirm, took part in the days-long, mostly outdoor pilgrimage, held this year during the oven-like Saudi summer. An Arab diplomat told AFP that deaths among Egyptians alone had jumped to at least 600, fromThe post Loved ones search for missing as hajj death toll passes 900 appeared first on Guardian Nigeria News.
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