20 miscarriage cases in Haj

Seven female pilgrims also delivered on first day of Haj rites

Twenty pregnant women visiting Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim Haj (pilgrimage) suffered from miscarriage on the first day of the rituals because of exhaustion, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Saturday.

Seven other pregnant foreign women went into labour and delivered at hospital in the western town of Makkah, where more than two million Muslims from outside Saudi Arabia converged for the four-day pilgrimage. One Pakistani woman gave birth to twins—a boy and a girl, Okaz daily said.

“The miscarriages were caused mainly by fatigue as those women had to walk a long distance… another reason is they are surrounded by a large crowd and this makes them vulnerable to pushing and physical injury,” said Dr Walid Al Omari, director of the obstetrics and paediatrics hospital in Makkah.

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