Saudi Leadership Condoles Iraqi President over Victims of Wedding Hall Fire in Nineveh

A firefighter checks the damage in an event hall in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, after a fire broke out during a wedding, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150, on September 27, 2023. (AFP)
A firefighter checks the damage in an event hall in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, after a fire broke out during a wedding, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150, on September 27, 2023. (AFP)
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Saudi Leadership Condoles Iraqi President over Victims of Wedding Hall Fire in Nineveh

A firefighter checks the damage in an event hall in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, after a fire broke out during a wedding, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150, on September 27, 2023. (AFP)
A firefighter checks the damage in an event hall in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, after a fire broke out during a wedding, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 150, on September 27, 2023. (AFP)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz sent on Wednesday a cable of condolences to Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid over victims of a fire that broke out in a wedding hall in Nineveh.

He extended his deepest condolences and sincerest sympathy to the Iraqi president, families of the deceased, and the brotherly people of Iraq, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, sent Rashid a similar cable.

A fire ripped through a packed wedding hall in northern Iraq late on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people.

Fire fighters searched the charred remains of the building in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya, through Wednesday morning and bereaved relatives gathered outside a morgue in the nearby city of Mosul.



Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Unauthorized Hajj Pilgrims Die from Heat Stress after Walking in Scorching Heat 

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)
The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia stressed on Sunday that it treated several cases of heat stress during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. Some pilgrims are still receiving care.

A total of 1,301 fatalities from heat stress were reported, with 83 percent of the cases being among pilgrims without permits, announced Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel in televised remarks.

The unauthorized pilgrims walked long distances under the scorching sun, without shelter or comfort, and many among them were elderly and suffering from chronic illnesses, he explained.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims performed the Hajj with complete ease and safety, amid an integrated advanced system of services, he added.

Al-Jalajel highlighted the strenuous efforts carried out by the concerned authorities to ensure that the pilgrims, regardless of their race or nationality, have a smooth journey, which led to the success of the pilgrimage in spite the massive numbers that were present and the various challenges posed by the souring temperatures.

The authorities exerted great efforts to raise awareness about heat stress and emphasize the need to follow preventive measures, he went on to say.

All relatives of the deceased have been contacted and the deceased have been identified – a process which took some time because they did not carry the necessary identification, the minister remarked. They have been buried in the holy city of Makkah and their death certificates have been issued.

Moreover, Al-Jalajel said no diseases or epidemics were reported at the Hajj. The health system provided over 465,000 specialized treatment services, including 141,000 to individuals who did not obtain official authorization to perform the Hajj, he revealed, stressing that the leadership prioritizes human health above all else.

The services offered included open-heart surgeries, cardiac catheterization, dialysis, and emergency care.