RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s civil defense authority has raised the death toll from the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, saying at least 87 people have been killed.
The authority announced the latest casualties’ figure from Friday’s accident on its official Twitter account.
The accident happened as pilgrims are streaming into Islam’s holiest city for the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.
62 people killed when a crane crashed in #Mecca‘s Grand Mosque: Saudi’s Civil Defence authority. Photo from inside pic.twitter.com/92QGJG1ASY
— Bel Trew – بل ترو (@Beltrew) September 11, 2015
#BREAKING Crane has collapsed in construction in Ka’aba #Mecca #Saudi . At least 20 reported dead pic.twitter.com/ANl669WCqo
— Mehmet ÇELİK (@Celikmehmet0) September 11, 2015
Saudi officials now say 87 killed in crane collapse today: http://t.co/6uPpem2WDj #mecca pic.twitter.com/a1nbojikxx
— CCTV America (@CCTV_America) September 11, 2015
Videos and photos posted by social media users showed a grisly scene, with police and onlookers attending to bloodied bodies on the polished mosque floors.
Deep sense of grief & sorrow over the deaths due to the crane collapse at the grand mosque of #Mecca pic.twitter.com/HzkHp7TEaj #GrandMosque
— Shehneela Ahmed (@iamshehneela) September 11, 2015
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