Crane crashes into Mecca Grand Mosque, killing 87 and wounding 184 ⋆

Crane crashes into Mecca Grand Mosque, killing 87 and wounding 184



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The fall of the construction crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca killed 87 people and injured 184 just ahead of Friday prayers today.

Rescue workers from the Ministry of Civil Defense, Saudi Red Crescent and health department rushed to the scene.

According to the Directorate of Civil Defense in Saudi Arabia, the cause of the accident is the strong winds and the heavy rains.

This tragic incident Comes just before the annual pilgrimage season, in which at least three million Muslim pilgrims are expected to come to Mecca this month.

The Grand Mosque was crowded with worshipers especially because today is Friday, and it is not known how many people were inside the Grand Mosque at time of the accident.

The Grand Mosque is currently under expansion operations, which are supposed to be completed in 2020, and is expected to widen to allow for more than 1.2 million additional pilgrims.

The following Youtube clip was taken at the moment of the fall of the crane:



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