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Saudi Arabia denies collapse of any building in Makkah ahead of Hajj

Saturday August 18, 2018 1:08 AM, News Network

Makkah Hotel Collapse

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Friday refuted the reports that a hotel building in Makkah has collapsed. There are about 02 million people from around the world camping in the holy city ahead of Haj scheduled to be performed on Monday August 21, 2018.

Following a viral video claiming that a hotel building has collapsed in Makkah, Saudi Civil Defence on its Twitter handler termed the report fake and said partial collapse of a hotel building was carried out in a mock drill conducted to check the readiness of the civil defence staff.

"A partial collapse of a hotel dedicated to lodging pilgrims is carried out with the aim of raising the readiness of civil defence teams to hajj for any emergency", the Saudi Civil Defence said in a message posted on Twitter.

It also listed a number of agencies and groups which particpated in the "planned collapse" of the building. It also attached the photographs of the "mock drill".

The No-Rumours handle informed the public about the truth of the situation and pinpointed that the "lack of information" cited by the original video maker was invalid.

About 03 million Muslims from different parts of the world are expected to throng the Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj - the annual ritual performed in the month of Dhul Hijjah to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their son Prophet Ismael (peace be upon on all of them.)

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