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Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday night that they had received reports of nine Indian pilgrims being injured in in the mishap that happened at Mecca`s Grand Mosque.


Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday night that they had received reports of nine Indian pilgrims being injured in in the mishap that happened at Mecca`s Grand Mosque.

The MEA also said that the Indian consulate in Jeddah was monitoring the situation.

Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson, MEA posted on Twitter - "Our Consulate in Jeddah is monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic accident. We have received reports that 9 Indian pilgrims are injured."

In another post he wrote: "Senior officers including our Consul General are on the ground in Makkah. Indian doctors r deployed in all government hospital  and ascertaining more information.

At least 107 people were killed when a crane toppled over at Mecca`s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia`s Civil Defence authority said, less than two weeks before Islam`s annual haj pilgrimage.

At least 238 people were wounded, Saudi Arabia`s Civil Defence body said.

"All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location," General Suleiman al-Amr, director general of the Civil Defence Authority, told al-Ikhbariya television. Strong wind and rains had uprooted trees and rocked cranes in the area, he said, as per Reuters.

A statement by a spokesman for the administration of the mosques in Mecca and Medina said the crane smashed into the part of the Grand Mosque where worshippers circle the Kaaba - the black-clad cube towards which the world`s 1.6 billion Muslims face to pray.

Pictures circulating on social media showed pilgrims in bloodied robes and debris from a part of the crane that appeared to have crashed through a ceiling.

(With Reuters inputs)

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