Makka (ANN)-More than 1.8 million people gathered for the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Temperatures have been rising as the last ritual, the “stoning of the devil,” gets underway and Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha. accoding to Saudi Agency.


The Hajj in the Dhul Hijjah in, this year 1445. At least 14 Jordanian pilgrims died from heatstroke during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, Jordan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, “five Iranian pilgrims have lost their lives so far in Mecca and Medina during the Hajj this year,” the Iranian Red Crescent said, but did not provide details on the causes.

News of the deaths come as pilgrims perform the last major ritual of the Hajj, the symbolic “stoning of the devil,” in western Saudi Arabia and as Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha.Temperatures head for 47 degrees Celsius Jordan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed its 14 citizens had died “after suffering sunstroke due to the extreme heat wave.”

The Hajj takes place during the hot Saudi Arabia summer.

Temperatures have pushed well past 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and were predicted to reach 47 C on Monday. according to the temperature warnings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As one of the “five pillars of Islam,” all Muslims with the means and health to participate in the pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca are expected to do so at least once.

Saudi authorities have massively upgraded the infrastructure over the past few years to deal with the number of people. A quota system limiting visitors to Mecca is also in place. but there are many Islamic countries, which always request to increase the number of pilgrims.

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