MAKKAH CRANE COLLAPSE

Probe report filed on Saudi crane tragedy

A Syrian pilgrim cries next to her husband who was injured after a construction crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. (AP)

Two days after a crane collapse killed 107 people at Makkah's Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia, the region's governor on Sunday filed an investigative report, official media said.

Prince Khaled al-Faisal "has submitted today the results of the investigation," the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Faisal sent the findings to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef for presentation to King Salman, it said, without disclosing any contents.

Prince Faisal had ordered a probe as soon as the tragedy struck.

The investigative committee was headed by Hesham al-Faleh, an adviser to Prince Khaled, who was under orders to submit the findings urgently.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman offered his condolences to the families of the victims who died after the crane collapsed in Makkah, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

King Salman was speaking after he visited the scene of the incident where he said investigations into what caused the collapse are underway and that findings will be revealed.

The official Saudi Press Agency said King Salman “discussed the causes of the accident and its effects on the holy mosque” after he saw where the massive crane came down during a vicious thunderstorm on Friday.

It is believed the crane collapsed in the mosque as a result of high winds killing 107 people and wounding scores others, although an official explanation has not yet been made.

During his time in the holy city of Makkah on Saturday, King Salman visited the injured in the Noor Hospital.

Meanwhile, Saudi officials have confirmed the Hajj pilgrimage, which starts next week, will proceed unaffected by the incident.

Al Arabiya News examined initial reports on casualties, which suggest those killed were 15 Pakistanis, 23 Egyptians, 10 Indians, 25 Iranian, six Malaysians, 25 Bangladeshis, one Algerian and one Afghan.

 

(With AFP)

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Last Update: Sunday, 13 September 2015 KSA 18:15 - GMT 15:15
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