5 workers killed in Makkah as wall collapses

Civil defense and construction workers used heavy equipment to dig for workers buried under a collapsed retaining wall at a construction project in Makkah on Wednesday.

Civil defense and construction workers used heavy equipment to dig for workers buried under a collapsed retaining wall at a construction project in Makkah on Wednesday.

Five construction workers were killed on Wednesday when a retaining wall at the Jebel Kaaba project in the holy city of Makkah collapsed, the Civil Defense Department said.

Civil Defense rescuers and other workers used heavy equipment to dig up the bodies of the victims from the under sand and concrete that were used as retaining wall.

The nationalities of the workers have yet to be announced.

Officials said an investigation was being made to find out why the 15-meter high retaining wall collapsed.

Massive construction work is going on in Makkah, including the expansion of the Grand Mosque and related projects to accommodate the increasing number of pilgrims coming to Islam’s holiest city.

Concrete blocks used as retaining wall are seen at the Makkah accident site on Wednesday.

Concrete blocks used as retaining wall are seen at the Makkah accident site on Wednesday.

 
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