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Intense heat kills 14 Hajj pilgrims


 |  Riyadh

More than 1.8 million Muslims are taking part in this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Getty Images)

At least 14 Jordanian citizens have died during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia due to searing heat, BBC reported.

Jordan's foreign ministry confirmed that 14 of its nationals had died "after suffering sun stroke due to the extreme heat wave" and a further 17 had been reported missing.

Jordanian officials said searches were continuing for those missing.

Hajj is one of the largest mass gatherings in the world. More than 1.8 million pilgrims are taking part this year, according to Saudi officials.

Meanwhile, the Saudi health ministry also issued an advisory, asking pilgrims to stay hydrated and avoid being outdoors during the hottest hours of the day between 10:00 am and 16:00 pm.

But it has a history of deadly catastrophes, including stampedes and tent fires. But most years, the main challenge comes from intense heat.

Last year, at least 240 people lost their lives while more than 2,000 people died in the deadly 2015 crush, the worst Hajj disaster. 


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