- More than 100 people were k****d and 234 others were hurt in the crane accident in Mecca
- Palace confirms no Filipinos were reported injured or k****d in the incident
- Malacanang extended condolences to the families of those who have died in the site
SAUDI ARABIA – The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said no Filipinos were reportedly hurt in the accident which occurred in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Malacañang has announced on Saturday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Charles Jose has confirmed that they have not received any report of Filipinos being injured in the crane accident; adding that there were Filipino pilgrims in the Grand Mosque that time but they were far from the accident site.
However, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte stated that the Philippine consulate in Jeddah continues to keep an eye on Filipino pilgrims who might have been involved in the tragedy so they could provide them assistance.
More than 100 people have been k****d and 238 others were reported injured after the crane fell and smashed into a part in the Grand Mosque where worshipers circumambulate around the Holy Kaaba on Friday afternoon.
“All those who were wounded and the d**d have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location,” Civil Defense Authority director general Suleiman al-Amr said in an interview.
The Saudi Arabia government has carried out an investigation, as ordered by Mecca governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, to determine what has caused the crane to fall. However, it was believed that strong winds, heavy rain, and sandstorm were to blame.
“The crane fell through the outer ring of the Grand Mosque and punctured through the roof sending down tons of cement and debris onto people either praying or walking through,” Jeddah-based journalist Essam al-Ghalib reported.
As of this posting, investigators are still determining the identities of those who have died in the accident.
Philippine Consulate officials stated that more than 2,400 Filipino Muslims are expected to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year.
Meanwhile, Malacañang extended its condolences to the families of those who have died in the mishap.