Saudi Arabia Continues to Treat Hajj Pilgrims Suffering from Heat Stress

No diseases or epidemics were reported at this year's Hajj. (SPA)
No diseases or epidemics were reported at this year's Hajj. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Continues to Treat Hajj Pilgrims Suffering from Heat Stress

No diseases or epidemics were reported at this year's Hajj. (SPA)
No diseases or epidemics were reported at this year's Hajj. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia continues to treat both authorized and unauthorized Hajj pilgrims who have suffered from heat stress as a result of the soaring temperatures in the Kingdom.

Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel said Saudi health authorities treated a large number of pilgrims suffering from heat stress and many remain in treatment.

Some 1,301 pilgrims died from heat stress during this year’s Hajj. Eighty-three percent of the deceased were unauthorized pilgrims. They died after walking long distances without shelter or rest under the scorching sun during soaring temperatures.

The majority of the dead were elderly or people who suffered from chronic illnesses.

Al-Jalajel revealed that 141,000 unauthorized pilgrims received free medical treatment during the Hajj.

Saudi Arabia succeeded in organizing the Hajj despite the large number of pilgrims, which topped 1.8 million, and the challenges posed by rising temperatures.

Al-Jalajel said no diseases or epidemics were reported at the Hajj.

Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Armed Forces Hospitals Southern Region Ali al-Shehri told Asharq Al-Awsat that it was “very risky” for people to embark on the Hajj pilgrimage without a permit or taking the necessary vaccines.

The person is putting himself and others at risk, he warned.

A study by the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center demonstrated the effectiveness of the preventive measures Saudi Arabia is taking to limit the health impact of rising temperatures on Hajj pilgrims during their holy journey.

It noted that despite an average 0.4 percent rise in temperature in the holy city of Makkah per decade, the number of heat stroke cases dropped by 74.6 percent and fatalities by 47.6 percent. This is credited to the preventive measures in place that have provided a safe health environment to hold the Hajj.

Dr. Mohammed al-Manisi, of the Kasr al-Ainy School of Medicine in Cairo, said the main cause of heat stress is intense exposure to high temperature and poor hydration.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that humans adapt to the temperatures they live in. For example, people living in hot countries have a higher ability to adapt to high temperatures than people living in cold countries.

The symptoms of heat stress include fainting and fever, and in severe cases, kidney failure, he added.



Kuwait Court Drops Case Against Notorious Pentagon Hacker

Palace of Justice in Kuwait
Palace of Justice in Kuwait
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Kuwait Court Drops Case Against Notorious Pentagon Hacker

Palace of Justice in Kuwait
Palace of Justice in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Court of Cassation upheld on Sunday the dismissal of criminal charges against a notorious Kuwaiti hacker who had infiltrated hundreds of websites around the world, including the US Department of Defense’s (Pentagon) website.
The Court of Cassation, the highest judicial authority, affirmed a previous ruling by the Court of Appeals that the 28-year-old defendant could not be prosecuted for the allegations in this case, which occurred 10 years ago.
The accused faced criminal charges related to his hacking of the US Department of Defense website, accessing sensitive weapon sites, and infiltrating 200 American websites, with the information being published in 2011.
On October 9, 2023, the Criminal Court dropped the criminal case against the hacker accused of breaking into global websites, including the Pentagon’s website.
The court’s decision to drop the charges against the hacker was based on the principle that the accused could not be tried for accusations committed over 10 years ago, as the acts were carried out from 2010 to 2012.
The charge of endangering Kuwait’s potential to sever relations by hacking the US Department of Defense website was also dismissed.
The prosecution had accused the defendant of hacking more than 200 sites, some of which contained confidential information belonging to the US.
The hacker was also accused of deceitfully appropriating money through fraud by marketing his website post-hack to attract victims to subscribe and browse the website.