At least 65 people were killed and 154 more were injured when storms caused a crane to fall in Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense authority confirmed on Twitter.
Few details were immediately available but pictures circulating on social media showed bloodied bodies strewn across part of the mosque where the crane was seen having crashed into the ceiling.
The annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage is due later this month, and Saudi authorities go to great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslims who converge on Mecca.
Last year, the kingdom reduced the numbers permitted to perform the hajj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque. Much of the construction project, launched two years ago, had already been completed.
Source : Al Jazeera