Saudi Arabia: Four pilgrims die of swine flu

Published November 21st, 2009 - 04:53 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday four pilgrims had died of the H1N1 flu virus three days before the Muslim haj is due to start, al-Hayat newspaper said. According to the repot, the Health Ministry said the deaths were among pilgrims who came from outside Saudi Arabia.

 

Some 3 million Muslim pilgrims participate in the haj in the holy city of Mecca every year, including up to 2 million who travel from abroad. Haj rituals this year start on Wednesday.

 

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