Death toll rises among Jordanian pilgrims


Published: 2024-06-21 18:23

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 01:24

Death toll rises among Jordanian pilgrims.
Death toll rises among Jordanian pilgrims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced a rise in the death toll among Jordanian pilgrims, who were not part of the official Jordanian Hajj mission, due to severe heatstroke. The death count reached 75.

Director of Operations and Consular Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Sufian Qudah, stated that 68 burial permits were issued for Jordanian pilgrims to be buried in Mecca as per their families' wishes, with seven more permits in process.

Saudi authorities handled the burial procedures, including washing, shrouding, praying over, and burying the deceased pilgrims. They issued 74 death certificates for Jordanian pilgrims so far.

Qudah reported that 96 out of 110 registered missing Jordanian pilgrims were found, with 27 currently hospitalized in Saudi Arabia, 15 of whom are in critical condition. Arrangements were being made to transfer them back to Jordan for treatment once their health permits. The Jordanian consular team in Mecca visited all patients to check on their well-being.

Efforts to locate the remaining seven missing pilgrims continued through a joint task force working around the clock, coordinating with the Jordanian Consulate in Jeddah, the Embassy in Riyadh, the Ministry of Awqaf's Hajj mission, and Saudi authorities.

Qudah expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and urged Jordanian pilgrims and their families to contact the consular team in Mecca for assistance, reporting missing persons, or arranging body transfers.

For help, contact the following numbers:
- 00966501784611
- 00966563804751
- 00966562651508
- 00966501565050

Or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at:
- 00962795497777
- 00962799562903
- 00962799562471
- 00962799562193

Email: [email protected]

Visit the Operations and Consular Affairs Department, or the temporary consular services office at Kunooz Al Diyafa Hotel in Mecca.