Photos from the scene posted to social media showed a grisly, daunting scene, with rescue workers scaling large mounds of debris to reach scores of victims.
The Saudi government continued to provide updates on the number of casualties as crews pulled more bodies from the concrete, which crushed victims onto the polished stone and marble floor below.
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The death toll continued to rise Friday after a crane toppled onto the Grand Mosque in city of Mecca, killing 107 and injuring 238, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense said.
The crane crashed into the mosque amid a strong storm that brought high winds, and occurred just as travelers from around the world had begun arriving to perform Hajj, an annual pilgrimage made by Muslims to mark the founding of their faith. It is expected to start around Sept. 22.
All able-bodied Muslims are required to make the pilgrimage once during their lifetime.
The Grand Mosque houses the Ka’ba, the holiest site in Islam.