JEDDAH: At least 107 people were martyred and 238 wounded when a crane toppled over at Makkah’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia due to strong winds and rains on Friday evening.
The crane was being used in the expansion work of the Holy Mosque when it struck a circular area around Kaaba and nearby walkway.
Governor Makkah region Prince Khalid al-Faisal has set-up a committee to probe the incident.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah says 22 Pakistani pilgrims injured in the crane crash incident at Grand Mosque in Makkah are under treatment in various hospitals.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the spokesperson said 25 other Pakistani pilgrims who sustained minor injuries have been discharged after treatment.
Qazi Khalilullah said no Pakistani pilgrim was martyred in the incident.
Meanwhile, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf said seven of the Pakistani injured are in critical condition.
He said we are in constant contact with the Saudi authorities. Pakistani doctors are providing medical aid to the injured.
Pakistan has expressed grief and sorrow over the incident in Grand Mosque.
Foreign Office said Pakistan equally shares the grief. It said Pakistani medical team is engaged in providing medical treatment to the injured.
An emergency call centre has been set-up at Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide information about Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
The contact number in Pakistan is +92-42-111725425 while in Saudi Arabia it is 8001166622.
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