Maldivian pilgrim dies in Mecca

A Maldivian man on Umrah pilgrimage has died in Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Rafeeu, 68, Hijra, S. Hithadhoo, died in a hospital in Mecca on Tuesday.

He was admitted to the hospital after contracting the flu.

His funeral prayer was held at the Masjid al-Haram after Fajr prayer on Wednesday.

Scores of Maldivians are set to travel to Mecca this Ramadan for Umrah pilgrimage. Many have already begun their pilgrimage, while others are set to depart next week.