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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.
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.