Egypt revokes licenses of 16 tourism companies following death of illegal Egyptian pilgrim

The Egyptian government has announced it will revoke the licenses of 16 tourism companies following the deaths of a number of Egyptian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia this year for not obtaining permission for the Hajj.

“Sixteen tourism companies were initially put under surveillance for allegedly defrauding and illegally deporting pilgrims, but they did not provide any services to pilgrims,” ​​a cabinet statement on Saturday said.

“The Prime Minister has been instructed to immediately revoke the licences of these companies, refer those responsible for prosecution and impose fines on behalf of the families of the pilgrims who caused the deaths,” the statement added.

Last Tuesday, two Arab diplomats reported that at least 323 Egyptian pilgrims had died during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, most of them from heat-related causes.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on June 20 ordered the establishment of a crisis room, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, to track and manage the situation regarding the deaths of Egyptian pilgrims.

The same day, Madbouly announced that a working group had been set up to track and manage the death crisis among Egyptian pilgrims.

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