Tragedy struck in Mecca when a crane crashed on a crowded mosque killing 238 people.
A construction crane collapsed in crowded mosque in Mecca, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238. The crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in a stormy weather.
Ahmed bin Mohammad al-Mansoori, spokesman for the two holy mosques, was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, saying part of a crane collapsed at 5:10 pm (1410 GMT) “as a result of strong winds and heavy rains.”
Abdel Aziz Naqoor, who said he works at the mosque in Mecca, claimed that the crane was hit by a storm.
If it weren’t for Al-Tawaf bridge the injuries and deaths would have been worse.
Pictures of the incident on Twitter showed bloodied bodies strewn across a courtyard where the top part of the crane, which appeared to have bent or snapped, had crashed into the building which is several storeys high.
This incident occurred at a time when thousands of Muslims form all over the world gather in Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage expected to begin on September 21.
The governor of Mecca region, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, has ordered an investigation into the incident and was heading to the mosque.