Mecca crane collapse: 65 dead in Saudi Arabia

At least 65 people have died after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence authority has said.

About 154 people were injured, the civil defence authority tweeted.

It is not known what caused the accident, but images from the scene showed part of a huge red crane had crashed through the mosque roof.

Mecca is preparing for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to arrive in the Saudi city from all over the world later this month.

Saudi authorities began a major expansion of the site last year to cope with ever-growing numbers of worshippers.

The crane that collapsed on Friday was part of the construction work taking place at the site.

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