Minister of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din told state news agency MENA late on Friday that the number of Egyptian pilgrims who were reported missing in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca stampede has climbed from 72 to 110.
El-Din said during an official visit to Saudi Arabia that two more bodies were identified, raising the number of dead to 126.
He added that an additional fourteen Egyptians were injured.
The stampede occurred on Wednesday, 23 September, as pilgrims converged in Mena, just outside Mecca, to take part in a ritual involving the symbolic stoning of the devil.
Starting on Monday, DNA samples will be taken from the families of missing Egyptians who travelled to Mecca to do hajj. These samples will be used to identify unclaimed corpses.
Saudi authorities said that 769 pilgrims were killed in the stampede, drawn from various nationalities, with at least 934 injured.
However, foreign officials and media have calculated the death toll higher, saying that it currently stands at 1,030 pilgrims dead.
Almost two million pilgrims took part in the stoning ritual this year, with an estimated 62,000 Egyptians performing hajj.
(Source: MENA from Cairo)