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Hajj the annual pilgrimage this year has instead become a deadly trap due to complications from severe weather. According to government figures, more than 1.3k people died.

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“The health system addressed numerous cases of heat stress this year, with some individuals still under care. Regrettably, the number of mortalities reached 1,301,” the Saudi government said in a statement according to a report by CNN.

Saudi Arabia in the same breath claimed that nearly 83% of attendees this year weren’t authorised to attend.

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