Death Toll Rises To 107 After Deadly Crane Collapse In Mecca

The mosque was packed with worshippers at the time of the collapse.

The mosque was packed with worshippers at the time of the collapse.

The mosque was packed with worshippers at the time of the collapse.

This year’s hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse that killed at least 107 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, a Saudi official told AFP. “It definitely will not affect the hajj this season and the affected part will probably be fixed in a few days,” said the official, who declined to be named. The head of Saudi Arabia’s civil defence agency, Lt Sulayman Bin-Abdullah al-Amr, said an investigation is being carried out to assess the damage, and the “extent of the safety of the sites.” At least 230 people were injured in the incident. It is unclear how many people were hurt by the collapse or the stampede that followed it. The Grand Mosque, known as the Masjid al-Haran, is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba. Saudi authorities began a major expansion of the site last year to increase the area of the mosque by 400,000 square meters, to allow it to accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.

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