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Seven Kyrgyz Died At Hajj This Year


Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of the city of Mecca, on November 26.

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat, southeast of the city of Mecca, on November 26.

BISHKEK -- Seven Kyrgyz Muslims died this year while making the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Murataaly-Hajji Jumanov, the chief mufti of the Kyrgyz Spiritual Directorate, said in Bishkek today that a total of 4,782 Kyrgyz visited the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the hajj that was held this year from November 25-29.

He said flights to Mecca were made by several air companies based in Kyrgyzstan.

The final group of Kyrgyz pilgrims returned from Mecca on December 20.
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