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14 Hajj pilgrims die due to extreme heat in Saudi Arabia

14 Hajj pilgrims die due to extreme heat in Saudi Arabia

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

Jordan's foreign ministry said 14 of its nationals had died "after suffering sunstroke due to the extreme heat wave" and another 17 were reported missing.

According to the AFP news agency, the Iranian Red Crescent confirmed that five Iranian pilgrims had also died, but did not specify how they died.

Jordanian officials said the search was continuing for the missing.

In a statement, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said it was coordinating with Saudi authorities on procedures for the burial or transportation of the bodies of the deceased, according to the wishes of their families.

The Hajj, a religious requirement for all Muslims, is one of the largest mass gatherings in the world.

It is one of the five pillars of Islam along with the five daily prayers, fasting, charity and belief in God (Allah) and Muhammad as a prophet.

More than 1.8 million pilgrims are taking part this year, according to Saudi officials.

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