Putin offers condolences on Mecca tragedy

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, on the tragedy that occurred in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, where a crane collapse killed more than 100 and injured more than 200 worshippers, the Kremlin press service reported on Sept.12.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, on the tragedy that occurred in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, where a crane collapse killed more than 100 and injured more than 200 worshippers, the Kremlin press service reported on Sept.12.

"The Russian head of state emphasized that Russia sincerely grieves over this large death toll among the pilgrims who arrived to bow to the Islamic holy sites during the Hajj," it said.

"Vladimir Putin conveyed his words of sympathy to the relatives and beloved ones of the dead and wished the injured the soonest possible recovery," it said.

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