MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has assured the Muslim world that the Haj pilgrimage will not be affected as a result of the crane crash in the Grand Mosque on Friday which claimed 107 lives. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman visited the Grand Mosque on Saturday and inspected the damage caused by the crane crash. He later visited the injured at Al-Noor Specialist Hospital.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal gave the authorities concerned two days to repair the areas damaged by the crane fall. Prince Khaled assured the pilgrims that their injuries will not prevent them from completing the Haj rituals and that the government will help their movement in the holy sites in well-equipped cars.
The deadline for the repair works falls on Monday, the first day of the month of Dhul Hijjah and the last for reception of Hajis from outside the Kingdom, whose number is touching one million, based on the latest data released by Saudi Press Agency. Despite the crane crash prior to the Maghreb prayer time, the incident did not stop visitors of the Grand Mosque to perform the Maghreb prayer and the Isha prayer afterward.
This clearly indicates that the crane incident will not deter the Hajis from performing their rituals.
He said the government will ensure transfer of Hajis affected by the incident to the holy sites through highly-equipped ambulances.
Prince Khaled conveyed the condolences of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif to the relatives of those who died in the accident. Standing at the scene of the crash, he said that relevant authorities, notably the Civil Defense, immediately dealt with the incident. Two committees have been set up to investigate the incident, he said.
The prince later visited the injured in Makkah hospitals and prayed for their speedy recovery. Health officials in Makkah said 95 of those injured in the accident have already been discharged from hospitals, adding that 110 people were still receiving treatment.
The Health Affairs has recruited 36 medical teams and supported emergency departments with medical and technical cadres by recalling a number of support medical teams from Jeddah and Taif to provide emergency care at Ajiad Hospital.