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Video: Crane crashes into Grand Mosque in Makkah, at least 70 pilgrims dead

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Makkah: At least 70 people were killed when a crane crashed in Makkah’s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the annual haj pilgrimage.

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

Saudi authorities go to great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslim who converge on Mecca to preform the sacred pilgrimage.

Last year, the kingdom reduced the numbers permitted to perform haj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque.