Deaths among Moroccan Pilgrims: Ministry Rules Out 'Abnormal Situation' at 1445 Hajj

Morocco's Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs on Friday said that there had been no "abnormal situation" regarding deaths among Moroccan pilgrims during the current 1445 Hajj season, adding that twenty deaths had been recorded to date.

In a statement on "Deaths among Moroccan pilgrims", the Ministry indicated that these cases of death had been recorded among pilgrims belonging to the official organization and the travel agency organization, virtually the same number compared with the same period of last year's Hajj season.

Over the last twenty years, the Ministry pointed out, the number of deaths among Moroccan pilgrims has ranged between 30 and 45 cases each year.

With regard to this year's deaths, the Ministry stated that they are "natural deaths", pointing out that 15% of Moroccan pilgrims this year are over 80 years of age.

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