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Search continues for missing Jordanian pilgrims as 41 burials confirmed

Jordan Daily – In ongoing efforts to locate missing Jordanian pilgrims and manage the burial of those who passed away while performing the Hajj rituals outside the official Jordanian Hajj delegation and other regular pilgrimage routes approved by Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced the discovery of 84 out of 106 registered missing Jordanian pilgrims, according to a database prepared by the ministry since the initial reports of missing and deceased Jordanian pilgrims. Additionally, 41 burial permits have been issued for Jordanian pilgrims to be buried in Mecca, as per their families’ wishes.

Ambassador Dr. Sufian Al-Qudah, Director of the Directorate of Operations and Consular Affairs, clarified that the relevant Saudi authorities are providing necessary medical care to the 84 found pilgrims, whose health conditions vary from good to critical. The Jordanian Consulate General’s team in Mecca continues to offer consular services to the pilgrims and coordinate with the competent Saudi authorities regarding their status.

Ambassador Al-Qudah also stated that search operations are still underway for 22 missing Jordanian pilgrims, with concerted efforts from a cell formed by the ministry that operates around the clock in coordination with the Jordanian Consulate General in Jeddah, the Jordanian Embassy in Riyadh, and the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf Islamic Affairs , which had previously confirmed the safety of all pilgrims from the official Jordanian delegation. The search is also supported by the competent Saudi authorities.

Furthermore, Ambassador Al-Qudah affirmed that the ministry is in continuous contact with the families of deceased Jordanian pilgrims and those still missing. The team from the Consulate General in Mecca is visiting Jordanian pilgrims in hospitals to ensure their well-being and monitor their conditions.

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