What kind of disaster has befallen the people who went for Hajj, Mecca's morgue is full of dead bodies

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The Health Minister has said that a large number of people fell ill due to the heat. Many are undergoing treatment. It is sad that the death toll in this year's Haj pilgrimage has reached 1301. The statement said that 83 percent of the people who died had walked long distances in the scorching sun without any rest. The Health Minister has said that many elderly and seriously ill people are also among those who died.

The scorching heat of Saudi Arabia has wreaked havoc on the people who went for Hajj. The death of more than 1300 Hajj pilgrims has been confirmed. Saudi Arabia's Health Minister Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajal has given this information. The Health Minister has said that a large number of people fell ill due to the heat. Many are undergoing treatment. It is sad that the number of people who died in Hajj pilgrimage this year has reached 1301. The statement said that 83 percent of the people who died had walked long distances in the scorching sun without any rest. The Health Minister has said that many elderly and seriously ill people are also among those who died.

Speaking to state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV, the minister said 95 pilgrims were being treated in hospitals, with some airlifted to the capital Riyadh for treatment. He said the identification process was delayed because many of the dead pilgrims had no identity documents. He said the dead were buried in Mecca, without giving any details.

More than 660 Egyptians were among those killed. All but 31 of them were unauthorized pilgrims, according to two Cairo officials. Egypt has revoked the licenses of 16 travel agencies that helped unauthorized pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia, officials said. Most of the dead were reported at the emergency compound in Mecca's al-Muaisem neighborhood, officials said. Egypt sent more than 50,000 authorized pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year. Saudi authorities cracked down on unauthorized pilgrims and expelled thousands. But many people, mostly Egyptians, managed to reach the holy sites in and around Mecca, some on foot. Unlike authorized pilgrims, they had no hotels to return to to escape the scorching heat.

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