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Published on 12 Sep 2015 | about 1 year ago

Due to heavy rain in Makkah a crane fell on the pilgrims in Haram causing heavy casualties on Friday evening.
Crane trajedy in Makkah on friday 9/11/2015

Storms were lashing the Saudi city of Mecca when strong winds brought down the crane that was part of construction works intended to make the Grand Mosque safer for Haj pilgrims.

Tons of rubble and debris crashed to the ground on top of scores of people gathering in the mosque for 6.30 prayers when a section of the crane crashed through the roof.

The Grand Mosque, the Masjid al-Haram, contains the Kaaba, the black cube-shaped building which Muslims face when they pray wherever they are in the world and is Islam’s most sacred shrine.

Muslims are expected to perform pilgrimages to the Kaaba at least once during their lifetimes and once there they walk around it seven times anti-clockwise in a rite known as Tawaf.

The accident took place as the Grand Mosque prepared to welcome the millions of pilgrims who will gather there later this month for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Millions go each year.

The nationalities of those caught up in the disaster were uncertain last night and the Foreign Office was making inquiries to establish if any Britons had been killed or injured. Thousands of Britons are already in Mecca or are heading there for the Hajj.

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