107 dead after crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque

  • At least 107 people have died after a construction crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in the Saudi city of Mecca after toppling over during a storm.
  • The mosque is Islam’s holiest site, and the tragedy occurred ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.
  • The mosque is Islam’s holiest site to which Muslims face in daily prayers and a forms central site among the hajj rituals.
  • Images aired on Saudi state television showed the crane’s metal boom had smashed through what appeared to be the roof of the mosque.
  • Mr Al-Mansouri said the crane, which was being used in construction work at the mosque, struck a circular area around the Kaaba and a nearby walkway.