Fifth Egyptian pilgrim announced dead in Mecca disaster
Ahram Online, , Wednesday 23 Sep 2015
On 11 September, a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque during stormy weather, killing at least 107 people of different nationalities and injuring almost 400


A fifth Egyptian died in the Mecca Grand Mosque disaster which took place over two weeks ago, the head of Egypt’s hajj delegation said, according to state-run news agency MENA.

The pilgrim, Khaled Mohamed Nasr, was a 52-year-old veterinarian from Egypt’s Ismailiya governorate. He was a John Doe until his body was identified through fingerprints.

On 11 September, a massive construction crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque during stormy weather, killing at least 107 people of different nationalities and injuring almost 400.

At least 20 Egyptians were injured in the accident.

Following the incident, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman suspended the Saudi Binladin Group from new contracts, as the group was responsible for the construction in the Grand Mosque, and an investigative commission concluded that the company "was in part responsible" for the tragedy.

The company was found not to have respected the "norms of safety" at the site.

Over 62,000 Egyptians are performing the hajj ritual this year in Saudi Arabia.

One of the five major pillars of Islam, the hajj must be performed at least once in a lifetime by all Muslims who can afford the costly and difficult trip.

Two million pilgrims performed the hajj in 2014, including 1.4 million foreigners.

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