Mecca crane collapse kills 65

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September 11, 2015

United Arab Emirates – 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.

September 11, 2015

United Arab Emirates – 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.


Courtesy: BBC News