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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Sheikh Mohammed offers condolences to Mecca crane collapse victims

At least 107 people were killed and more than 230 injured after a construction crane fell onto part of the Grand Mosque.
The UAE’s official Haj mission leaves for Mecca and Medina on Saturday to assist travellers during the pilgrimage season. Wam
The UAE’s official Haj mission leaves for Mecca and Medina on Saturday to assist travellers during the pilgrimage season. Wam

ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has offered his condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, during a phone call on Sunday.

At least 107 people were killed and more than 230 injured after a construction crane fell onto part of the Grand Mosque just two weeks ahead of Islam’s annual Haj pilgrimage.

According to state news agency Wam, Sheikh Mohammed prayed to Allah Almighty to grant the souls of the deceased rest in peace and forgiveness and to grant the injured a speedy recovery.

King Salman thanked Sheikh Mohammed for extending his sympathies.

The Cabinet, which met on Saturday, also expressed their sorrow.

As it paid its respects, delegates from the official Haj mission left for Saudi Arabia in preparation for the arrival of thousands of pilgrims expected from the UAE.

The officials’ role is to ensure the safety and comfort of pilgrims during their stay.

Haj is one of the five fundamental religious obligations of Islam for those who are able and can afford the cost of undertaking the journey.

The mission will be made up of nine committees, who are concerned with medical, media, security, tent, finance, information technology, public relations, complaints and support-service issues.

Dr Mohammed Al Kaabi, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments Chairman and head of the UAE Haj mission, said the authority had set up tents in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah.

He said the mission was set up following directives from President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and the Rulers of the Emirates.

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