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Senior MP Slams Saudis for Inability to Handle Hajj Ceremony

12 September 2015 15:12



A senior Iranian lawmaker voiced regret over the Friday night’s incident at the Grand Mosque during storms in the Muslim holy city of Mecca which killed at least 107 Haj pilgrims, and blasted the Saudis for their inability to run the most important Muslim event.

At least 107 people were killed and 238 more were injured when a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque during storms in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday.

“The Saudi regime showed that it doesn’t have enough capability to secure the safety of the pilgrims and manage the Haj ceremony,” member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Javad Jahangirzadeh told FNA on Saturday.

He said that the Saudi government should account for the death and injury of innocent pilgrims killed and wounded in the incident.

Storms were lashing the Saudi city of Mecca when strong winds brought down the crane that was part of construction works.

Tons of rubble and debris crashed to the ground on top of scores of people gathering in the mosque for 6:30 prayers when a section of the crane crashed through the roof.

In footage released on to social media last night the crane can be seen toppling towards a three-story section of the mosque complex, before smashing into the roof.

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