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Iraqi woman’s death in Madinah ruled an accident

After an investigation, the Haj ministry rules that her fall was neither suicide or murder

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Manama: Saudi Arabia has dismissed rumours that an Iraqi woman had committed suicide in Madinah where she was staying ahead of moving to Makkah to perform Haj.

Investigations have concluded that the death was an accident and that there was no truth to the rumours about her suicide or that there was suspicion of a crime, Mohammad Al Bijawi, the Haj Ministry Undersecretary for Medina visits, said.

The Iraqi woman fell to her death from the window as she was attempting to hang up clothes to dry in her hotel room.

The head of the Iraqi Haj commission Khalid Al Attiyah was informed by the Saudi authorities about the results of the investigation into the fatal accident.

Iraqi reports confirmed the death was accidental and named the woman as Aya Majeed Mohammad, 62, from Samawa, 280 kilometres southeast of the capital Baghdad.

“She died after she fell from the top floor room window in an hotel in Madinah,” the reports said.

Aya was the second woman from Iraq to die in Madinah. The first was a woman from Karbala who, according to Iraqi reports, died from a chronic disease.

Thousands of Muslims planning to perform Haj tend to stay in Madinah, before they move to Makkah, 420 kilometres to the south, where the six-day Haj rituals will take place starting August 30.