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Scores Killed in Mecca as Crane Crashes into Grand Mosque

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Inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after a crane collapse that Saudi authorities said had killed at least 87 people.
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A large construction crane toppled over and crashed into the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca on Friday, killing at least 87 people and raising fears about the safety of the site before the yearly hajj pilgrimage that is expected to bring in millions of visitors to Saudi Arabia this month. The Grand Mosque is the world’s largest and houses the Kaaba, the black cube that Muslims around the world pray toward and which they walk around during the pilgrimage.

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