At least 107 killed by falling crane at Grand Mosque in MeccaCrane smashed into the part of the Grand Mosque where worshippers circumambulate the Kaaba and where pilgrims walk between Mount Safa and Marwa. At least 107 people were killed and 238 people were injuring, when a crane toppled over at Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday at 5:24 p.m. local time, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Islam's annual hajj pilgrimage.
A strong thunderstorm developed over Mecca at about 4 p.m. local time Friday, bringing gusty winds that shifted direction and caused the local temperature to drop from 42 to 25 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), CNN meteorologists reported.
All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location. Saudi authorities go to great lengths to prepare for the millions of Muslims who converge on Mecca to perform the sacred pilgrimage. Last year, they reduced the numbers permitted to make the haj pilgrimage on safety grounds because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque.