65 killed, 154 injured as crane collapses at mosque in Mecca

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A crane collapsed Friday at one of Islam ‘s most important mosques — the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca — killing at least 65 people and injuring 154 others, Saudi Arabian authorities said on Friday, on Twitter.

There was no immediate comment about the cause of the collapse.
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The Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba — a shrine that worshipers visit during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Approximately 2 million people a year make the pilgrimage.

The Hajj is due to begin later this month.

More details of the accident to be posted later.

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