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65 DEAD AS GIANT CRANE FALLS IN MAKKAH GRAND MOSQUE



MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia -  least 65 people were been killed and 80 injured after a crane fell in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage.
Kuwait News Agency Kuna reported that the “giant crane’s” fall was caused by heavy rain and strong winds in Makkah on Friday night, adding that civil defence teams had been rushing to the scene.
Health authorities declared a red alert and the head of the Red Crescent in Makkah said that 39 ambulances were promptly dispatched to the mosque to treat and transport the injured.
The Grand Mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays, the Muslim weekly day of prayer. It houses the Kaaba - the massive cube-shaped structure towards which Muslims worldwide pray.
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.
Arab media has reported that at least four Malaysian pilgrims were among those injured.

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