1,300 People Died During Hajj in Saudi Arabia Due to Heat Wave

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Extreme heat took the lives of over one thousand people this year at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as people faced extremely high temperatures at desert kingdom Islamic Holy sites.

Saudi Health Minister Fahd bin Abdurrahman Al-Jalajel said that over eighty percent of the thirteen hundred fatalities were unauthorized pilgrims who walked long distances in high temperatures; according to the minister, over ninety pilgrims were treated in hospitals and some were airlifted for treatment.

The fatalities included more than six hundred Egyptians and all but thirty of them were unauthorized pilgrims according to two officials in Cairo. Egypt revoked sixteen licenses from travel agents that helped these pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has cracked down heavily on the unauthorized pilgrims by expelling tens of thousands of people. These unauthorized pilgrims did not have cool hotel rooms to go to like the authorized pilgrims did, so they were forced to withstand the scorching heat.

It’s been said that travel agencies and Hajj trip operators sold Saudi Arabian tourist visas to Egyptian Hajj which violated the Saudi regulations. According to an Associated Press tally, the pilgrims who died during the event were from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Malaysia. Although the cause of death wasn’t stated, many countries blamed the heat.

Although deaths are not uncommon during Hajj, there was still a high number of deaths recorded this year, raising some concerns about how this could happen. Daily temperatures during the Hajj this year were over one hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit.

The country has spent billions to ensure that the crowd is controlled and that safety measures are put in place for the five-day event, but with many participants, it is extremely difficult to keep everyone safe.

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