Crane Accident in Makkah’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia
Makkah: At least 107 people died and dozens injured after a construction crane fell on worshipers present in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, where thousands of Muslims are arriving from all over the world to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage, said a Saudi civil defence spokesman.
The accident was reportedly a result of heavy rainfall in the city. The nationalities of those killed has not been ascertained as of now.
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Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead in Saudi Arabia
At least 107 dead in Makkah Grand Mosque crane crash.
At least 107 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca’s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual hajj pilgrimage.
Pictures circulating on social media showed pilgrims in bloodied robes and masses of debris from a part of the crane that seemed to have crashed through a ceiling.
Saudi authorities go to great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslim who converge on Mecca to perform the sacred pilgrimage.
Last year, the kingdom reduced the numbers permitted to perform hajj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque.