At least 62 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane | Reuters

DUBAI At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage.

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At least 62 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane 
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At least 62 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane 
 Reuters

DUBAI At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage.

Pictures circulating on social media showed pilgrims in bloodied robes and masses of debris from a part of the crane that seemed to have crashed through a ceiling.

Saudi authorities go to great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslim who converge on Mecca to preform the sacred pilgrimage.

Last year, the kingdom reduced the numbers permitted to perform haj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque.

(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Larry King)

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