Makkah Incident List of Pakistani Injured Pilgrims Exclusive Footage
MAKKAH: At least 107 people died when a massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque, with scores more injured, Saudi authorities said, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage.
The civil defence agency said on Twitter that emergency teams were sent to the scene after a “crane fell at the Grand Mosque,” one of Islam’s most revered sites. According to latest updates, the Saudi authorities have ordered inquiry into the Grand Mosque disaster.
The British media reported that “the inquiry is taking place as criticism grows over safety standards at the holy site.” That came about an hour after it tweeted that Makkah was “witnessing medium to heavy rains,” and pictures on social media showed lightning.
Abdel Aziz Naqoor, who said he works at the mosque, told AFP he saw the crane fall after being hit by the storm.
“If it weren’t for Al-Tawaf bridge the injuries and deaths would have been worse,” he said, referring to a covered walkway that surrounds the holy Kaaba, which broke the crane’s fall.
The Kaaba is a massive cube-shaped structure at the centre of the mosque towards which Muslims worldwide pray and which has a major role in the hajj.