Crane crash at Mecca’s Grand Mosque kills 87, injures hundreds

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Construction cranes surround the Grand Mosque. One crane crashed into the mosque on September 11, 2015, killing more than 80 people.  Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files

Construction cranes surround the Grand Mosque. One crane crashed into the mosque on September 11, 2015, killing more than 80 people. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files

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(REUTERS) Al Arabiya television said the crane fell because of recent, strong sand storms. The accident happened just weeks before Mecca will be thronged with Haj pilgrims.

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  • This story is heartbreaking. If I could still pray for souls I would be on my knees.
    I only wish there were a trustworthy institution to send aid.

  • Oscar

    Awful tragedy, so many killed.

    As for finding a trustworthy aid organisation. I lived in a city destroyed by an earthquake five years ago. It was a lucrative opportunity for fundraisers to collect money, some of which filtered down to those who had lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones, but much got stuck in pockets of others as it filtered down the chains.

    Alas this happens every time their is a disaster all over the world.

  • Bernardo

    Allah’s punishment for 9/11? Or some other reason?

  • BB,

    Humans in agony are the “enemies” of Christians? “Faux” sadness?
    I guess you don’t have children or parents or…. anyone you love. I feel really sorry for you.

  • It would be ironic if the crane was owned by the Bin Laden Family Construction Company.

  • Reality Check

    The enemies of Christians are Christians themselves. Not a lot of love between the sects, cults and groups who call themselves “Christian”.

  • Reality Check

    Stupid and arrogant comments like that are a good reason for some to hate. Such hatred can result in reactions like 9/11.

  • Jaymes Reed

    Arabs didn’t do 911. Israel & America did.

    Peace to all the dead & injured in Mecca 🙁

  • Ben in oakland

    Strictly speaking, not a lot of love between the sects and cults that claim that THEY are the only true Christians (Tom), and all the rest are shams.

  • Ed

    False. What nationalities were the hijackers? Thought so.

  • Richard Rush

    I could easily imagine this being a Muslim on Muslim terrorist attack. After all, they do attack each other more than they do non-Muslims.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Or would it? The Wahabi sect OSB belonged to considered most others without their zeal as worthless as Calvinists consider the unsaved and those who score below 90% on the Christian Coalition politically correct score on items such as abolishing the Department of Education.

  • larry

    Yeah but the family is in tight with the Saudi royalty. Their fortunes are dependent on not having the king PO’ed at them. Wrecking the one thing which creates a tourism industry would not help that relationship.

    One of the reasons Al Queda never attacked Dubai, despite its plethora of Americans and Europeans and freewheeling approach to Sharia is that they never foul their own nests. Al Queda does its banking there.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Heh heh.

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