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After Hajj Deaths, Egypt Suspends Companies That Took Pilgrims to Mecca

After Hajj Deaths, Egypt Suspends Companies That Took Pilgrims to Mecca


After tons of of pilgrims died within the scorching desert warmth throughout the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the Egyptian authorities is taking motion in opposition to tour corporations that facilitated the journey to Saudi Arabia, and mentioned on Saturday that it had suspended the licenses of 16 corporations.

At least 450 folks died throughout the pilgrimage, during which vacationers endured most temperatures that ranged from 108 levels to 120 levels Fahrenheit (42 to 49 levels Celsius). But the precise variety of fatalities is predicted to climb far increased as governments get extra correct tallies of the deaths. (Egypt, for one, has formally acknowledged solely 31 deaths.)

In asserting the suspension of the 16 journey corporations, the Egyptian authorities mentioned the companies failed to supply the pilgrims essential providers like medical care. It mentioned the businesses didn’t present the pilgrims with “acceptable lodging,” which triggered pilgrims to undergo from “exhaustion because of the excessive temperatures.”

The Associated Press reported that some journey companies could not have formally registered for the pilgrimage, to get across the excessive prices of package deal excursions. And, The A.P. mentioned, corporations have been being blamed for letting pilgrims journey to Saudi Arabia on private visas, slightly than hajj visas that would have allowed them entry to medical care and the holy websites.

Mahmoud Qassem, a member of Egypt’s Parliament, mentioned the journey corporations “left the pilgrims stranded and turned off their cell phones” so they might not hear the vacationers’ requires assist.

There have been additionally complaints that pilgrims weren’t given entry to sufficient cooling stations or water amid the extraordinary warmth.

The variety of unregistered guests — along with the extraordinary desert warmth — might have left Saudi Arabia unprepared for coping with such a big inflow of individuals.

Tunisia’s authorities has mentioned that the loss of life toll of pilgrims from that nation was anticipated to rise from the 49 reported on Friday, because the variety of folks touring on vacationer visas grew to become extra clear.

The hajj has been the positioning of a number of tragedies, together with a stampede in 2015 that killed greater than 2,200 folks. In current years, with rising temperatures, many pilgrims have additionally succumbed to warmth stress.

The Saudi authorities has mentioned that in this 12 months’s hajj greater than 1.8 million Muslims traveled to Mecca, 1.6 million of them from outdoors Saudi Arabia.

Hager Al-Hakeem contributed reporting from Luxor, Egypt.

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