107 embrace martyrdom as crane falls on Hajj pilgrims in Makkah; PM Nawaz Sharif expresses grief over tragedy
RIYADH – At least 107 people embraced martyrdom and over 184 injured when a crane crashed in Makkah’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.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief and sorrow over the tragedy. He prayed for the martyred people and quick recovery of the injured.
He also directed the Pakistani ambassador to inquire after the health of the injured.–92 News/Reuters