More Than 100 Dead in Mecca Crane Collapse

The number of fatalities was confirmed by the Saudi Civil Defense.

ByMEGHAN KENEALLY and KIRIT RADIA
September 11, 2015, 5:55 PM

— -- At least 107 people have been killed and 238 others injured after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to local authorities.

The Saudi civil defense confirmed via Twitter that both the death toll and injury count continue to rise.

PHOTO: A general view from inside the Grand Mosque showing a part of a large crane that collapsed on the mosque, Sept. 11, 2015.
A general view from inside the Grand Mosque showing a part of a large crane that collapsed on the mosque, Sept. 11, 2015.
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The deadly incident came as the city is preparing for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which draws millions of worshipers to the area.

PHOTO: Several worshippers and others were injured when storms caused a crane to fall in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Sept. 11, 2015.
Several worshippers and others were injured when storms caused a crane to fall in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Sept. 11, 2015.
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Photos posted by the Saudi Civil Defense show portions of concrete that appear to have collapsed in the incident and guards responding to the scene.

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