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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Man attempts suicide in Grand Mosque of Makkah

A tragic incident occurred during Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims when millions gathered in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to perform Umrah. This wasn't the first such event at these sacred sites.

A man in Makkah attempted to commit suicide after he jumped in front of Khana-e-Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque.

According to media reports, the man jumped from the first floor of the Grand Mosque Masjid Al-Haram. He sustained serious injuries and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he received necessary medical care. The authorities have not revealed his identity.

The Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque has opened an investigation into the case and the reasons behind the attempted suicide by the man. Taking to X, the authority said “the necessary procedures were completed”, without revealing further details about the incident.

A tragic incident occurred during Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims when millions gathered in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to perform Umrah. This wasn’t the first such event at these sacred sites.

In 2017, a Saudi man attempted self-harm by fire near the Kaaba, thankfully stopped by security. The following year, 2018, saw a series of unfortunate incidents. First, a French man tragically took his own life by jumping from the mosque’s roof in June. Just over a week later, another man from Bangladesh followed suit. Sadly, there was a third similar incident later that year involving another man.

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Back in 2017, 104 people died after a crane collapsed and fell on the pilgrims at Grand Mosque Makkah. The incident happened two weeks before the Hajj. Along with the deaths, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence Authority reported that 238 people were injured in the disaster on Friday.

A news agency in Saudi Arabia reported that a strong wind and bad rain caused the crane to fall. Photos shared online showed people who were on pilgrimage with bloody clothes and pieces of the crane that seemed to have broken through the roof.

“All those who were wounded and the dead have been taken to hospital. There are no casualties left at the location,” General Suleiman al-Amr, director-general of the Civil Defence Authority, told Al Ikhbariya television.