INTERNATIONAL: Mecca crane collapse: 65 dead in Saudi Arabia

By BBC News

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BBC – The death toll from the collapse of a crane in the Muslim holy city of Mecca has risen to 65, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence authority has said.

Eighty people were injured when the crane fell on the Grand Mosque, the civil defence authority tweeted.

It is not clear what happened, but images from the scene showed part of a huge red crane had crashed through the mosque roof.

Mecca is preparing for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in the Saudi city from all over the world later this month.

Construction work to expand the Grand Mosque has been going on for a long time, the BBC’s Arab Affairs analyst Sebastian Usher says.

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6 comments

  1. I cannot imagine what terror befalls these Muslim pilgrims in quiet prayers. May they rest in peace.

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    • They are responsible for over 90% of the misery of this world!

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      • Joseph, (Jesus father namesake) why have you such a stony heart! 65 Muslim pilgrims can come from anywhere around the world. They can be upright and blameless or have hearts blacken by sin. A catastrophe has struck them! That is a HUMAN TRAGEDY. Would you say the same if such a catastrophe stuck people in St Lucia? Would you see it as GOD’S PUNISHMENT for their sins! The danger of hiding under the cloaks of religions makes us inhumane to each other.

        Secondly, where oh where did you get your facts from - “They are responsible for over 90% of the misery of this world”? Unquestioning St Lucians could think there is a drop of truth in your misinformation and that is tragic!

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    • Compassion! Compassion! Compassion!
      My heart bleeds when tragedy strikes others compassion is absent but stony words are given instead.

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  2. 9/11 revenge from the Lord

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