The crash occurred about 310 kilometers from the Saudi north-western city of Tabuk while the pilgrims were on their way to perform the Umrah or the lesser pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Egyptian assistant Foreign Minister for Egyptians Abroad, said in a statement.

“The Egyptian consulate in Jeddah closely follows the accident and is in contact with the Saudi authorities to finalize all procedures related to the home return of the Egyptians’ bodies and determine the circumstances of the accident,” he added.

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