Fourth local on Hajj pilgrimage dies in Saudi Arabia

Pilgrims walk around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

A fourth pilgrim from Maldives who traveled to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage has passed away.

State-run Maldives Hajj Corporation who escorted the pilgrim confirmed the identity of the deceased as Ali Gasim, 81, Seasonge, HA. Kelaa.

The corporation did not disclose the cause of his death or any further details.

The first death came early last Friday when Mohamed Naseem Ali, 72, Mala, R. Maakurath, was discovered dead four days after he went missing.

The dead body of the pilgrim affiliated with Al-Haramain Hajj & Umrah Company Maldives Private Limited was discovered near Jabal al-Nour, a mountain area in Mecca.

He went missing four days prior, before pilgrims departed Mina, bound to Mount Arafat.

The report of the second death came on Saturday.

Islamic Ministry identified the deceased as Ali Hassan, 72, Fiyaathoshige, Dh. Maaenboodhoo.

He had traveled to Saudi Arabia with the Maldives Hajj Corporation.

According to the Islamic Ministry, Ali Hassan died while under treatment at the Saudi German Hospital in Mecca at 06:17 pm on Friday, Maldivian time.

The third death, another pilgrim under the oversight of Maldives Hajj Corporation, came on Sunday.

Gasim Ibrahim, 70, Udhares, N. Holhudhoo was discovered dead inside his hotel room.