Russia and the Middle East
Fri, 25 august 2017Fri
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87 dead and scores injured in Mecca crane crash


In the Muslim holy city of Mecca a crane has collapsed killing at least 87 people, according to Saudi authorities. Some 183 more have been injured after the crane crashed down onto the Grand Mosque, apparently smashing through the roof.

The Mosque was crowded at the time. Emergency services are at the scene and the area has been cordoned off. Mecca is preparing to host hundreds of thousands of people for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Images circulating on social media show pilgrims at the site wearing robes covered in blood, surrounded by masses of debris.