87 dead as Mecca Mosque collapses

87 dead as Mecca Mosque collapses

At least 87 people have died after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the Saudi Arabian government has said. According to the BBC, more than 180 people were injured in the accident, the country’s civil defence authority said on Twitter. Images from the scene showed part of a huge red crane crashed through the mosque’s roof. The cause of the collapse is not known. Mecca is currently 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. Reports suggested the crane fell following high winds and rain. The Arabian peninsula has been has been hit by strong sand storms over the past week. A video posted on YouTube, which could not be independently verified, appeared to record the moment the crane fell, with a loud crash heard in the background followed by panic and shouting. Images circulating on Twitter appeared to show numerous bodies and blood on the floor of the mosque. Courtesy: BBC

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