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107 killed as crane falls on Saudi’s Grand Mosque

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Crane collapses on Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi ArabiaAt least 107 people were killed and 238 injured after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah, the media reported.

According to Al Arabiya television, Saudi Arabia has been hit by strong sand storms in the last few days.

Saudi authorities have launched a probe into the case, while 15 civil defence and rescue and medical panels have been deployed at the site.

The crane fell down because of the bad weather, which was working on the expansion operations at the Grand Mosque, Xinhua news agency reported.

After the conclusion of the current and final expansion, the mosque could accommodate more than three million worshipers in one hour.

Makkah, the holiest city for Islam, is preparing for the annual Haj, for which hundreds of thousands of Muslims are expected to arrive from all over the world later in September.

2 Indians among 107 killed

The ministry of external affairs on Saturday said that two Indians were among the 107 killed in the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

“Our officials from the Indian Consulate in Jeddah have been on the ground and monitoring the situation through the night. Regrettably we have been informed that two Indians have been killed in the unfortunate accident,” officials of the ministry said on their website.

The statement also added that 15 Indians have been injured and were being treated in various hospitals.

“These include 11 from the Haj Committee of India and four from private tour operators,” officials said.

The mission has published its 24/7 helpline: (00966125458000/00966125496000) and toll free number (8002477786 for pilgrims within the kingdom), the statement said.

At least 107 people were killed and 238 injured after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah, the media reported.

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