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- The government of Saudi Arabia has suspended construction giant Saudi Binladin Group from working on new contracts following Friday’s crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque which killed 107 people.
- The crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque last Friday, less than two weeks before Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage.
- The company, one of the largest contracting companies in the kingdom, had been carrying expansion work at the Grand Mosque.
- An official statement referred without elaborating to the responsibility and “shortcomings” of the company following an investigation into the crane crash that also injured 238 other people.
- The company is believed to have attributed the collapse to a lightning strike breaking a cable that was used to secure the crane.
- 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.