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Four Iranian Hajj pilgrims die of heart failure

TEHRAN, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- Four Iranian pilgrims passed away from a heart attack while 20 others were hospitalized for other ailments, an official said on Saturday. Around 70 Iranian medical facilities have been set up in Saudi Arabia, where the annual Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj is taking place, Iran's Fars News Agency quoted Ali Marshai, an Iranian health official as saying.
He pointed out that the number of Iranian pilgrims suffering from health issues was "very limited", citing statistics showing that four Iranian pilgrims have thus far met their demise in this year's Hajj pilgrimage.
As per an agreement between Iranian and Saudi authorities, some 86,500 Iranian pilgrims are expected to attend Hajj this year. (end) fz.nam