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Dozens die in Mecca crane collapse

Updated 9:10 PM ET, Fri September 11, 2015
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A crane collapsed Friday, September 11, at one of Islam's most important mosques, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. At least 107 people were killed and 238 others injured, Saudi Arabia's civil defense authorities said. Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A powerful storm toppled the construction crane. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Severe storms and heavy rain caused the crane to fall, the directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense said via Twitter. A strong thunderstorm popped up over Mecca, bringing gusty winds that shifted direction and caused the local temperature to drop from 42 to 25 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), CNN meteorologists reported. Saudi Interior Ministry General Directorate of Civil Defense/AP
Civil Defense personnel inspect the damage at the mosque. Saudi Interior Ministry General Directorate of Civil Defense/AP
The Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba -- a shrine that worshipers visit during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Damage is seen inside the mosque. STRINGER/EPA
More than 50 rescue teams and 80 ambulances converged on the mosque. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Crowds gather at the scene of the collapse. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images