MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - At least 107 people were killed when the giant crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and hundreds of others wounded, according to Saudi authorities, a few days before the annual hajj pilgrimage.
Abdel Aziz Naqoor, working at the mosque, was one who witnessed how crane destroyed due to heavy rain. He also stated that if it weren’t for Al-Tawaf bridge the injuries and deaths would have been worse. Shared pictures on Twitter shows bloodied bodies lying in the courtyard.YouTube video also filmed crowd of people trying to leave the mosque after the accident.
The incident occurred in the middle of the congregation of thousands of Muslims from around the world for the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is expected to start this September 21.
Usually, the Grand Mosque is crowded by the people every Fridays, this is due to the weekly day of prayer for Muslims.
Also, last Sunday a small fire caught Makkah, however no casualties in the said incident.