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Saudi pays Haj expenses for Makkah crane crash victims

Saudi ministries cover costs of Haj pilgrimages for those injured in crane collapse

Saudi pays Haj expenses for Makkah crane crash victims

Saudi Arabian authorities covered the cost of Haj pilgrimages for victims of last year’s crane crash in Makkah, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Some of the 200-plus people who were injured when the crane collapsed near the Grand Mosque on September 11 2015, killing around 100, were sponsored to perform Haj this year, according to Arab News.

Among them was Tunisian national Yousuf, who was in hospital in Makkah for almost nine months following the crash.

“The Ministry of Health made it possible for me to perform Haj by making me part of pilgrim convoys that are under medical supervision,” he was quoted as saying.

The convoys included ambulances, reclining beds and intensive care equipment for those in critical condition.

Fourteen people are on trial in Jeddah at present accused of negligence that allegedly caused the tragedy.

It was reported last month that incorrect positioning has been blamed for the collapse of the crane, rather than strong winds or thunderstorms as suspected.