Number of dead revised up to 107 now. Funny how this happened right after it came out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has refused to take in even one Syrian refugee despite having acres of empty air-conditioned tents sitting around that can accommodate 3.3 million people. Payback’s a bitch.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Susan K) Pictures on social media show bodies of Muslims strewn across floor after crane crashed straight through ceiling.
The accident happened while millions of Muslims are in the holy city for annual hajj pilgrimage which starts later this month. Authorities had issued extreme weather warnings and earlier photos capture mosque being struck by lightning.
Pictures taken before the disaster show the fatal crane being struck by a bolt of lightning and authorities are in little doubt that extreme weather was to blame.
Before today’s accident, the Civil Defense issued thunderstorm, heavy rain and wind warnings in the area.
The Saudi Civil Defense says search and rescue teams and medical workers from the Saudi Red Crescent have been sent to the scene.
The Grand Mosque, or Great Mosque of Mecca, is the biggest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba, in the city of Mecca.
The accident has happened with millions in the Muslim holy city for the annual pilgrimage. One of the five pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Muslim faithful from about 160 countries converge on the Islamic city and other locations in western Saudi Arabia to complete the holy journey.
It is one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the world. Strong winds before crane collapses on Grand Mosque of Mecca.