No report so far of Singaporean casualties in Mecca crane crash: MFA

Saudi emergency teams at the site of the accident in Mecca on Sept 12.
Saudi emergency teams at the site of the accident in Mecca on Sept 12. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Government said on Saturday (Sept 12) that it had not received any report of Singaporean casualties in the crane crash at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

It also expressed its condolences to Saudi Arabia and families of the victims.

At least 107 people were killed and 238 others injured when a construction crane crashed into the Grand Mosque on Friday (Sept 11), according to media reports.

"Our Muis representatives in Makkah (Mecca) have confirmed that the Singapore pilgrims under their charge are safe. As of now, there are no reports of any Singaporean casualties,'' the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.

 

"MFA will continue to keep in close contact with Singaporeans in the Kingdom and monitor developments closely," it said.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic accident in the Grand Mosque... We would like to convey our deepest condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government and the families of the victims."

MFA said Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Riyadh, the Singapore Consulate-General in Jeddah, or the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore - Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)

Address: Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966-(11) 480-3855 or +966-500-191220

Fax: +966-(11) 483-0632

E-mail: singemb_ruh@mfa.sg

Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore - Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

Address: Villa No. 5, Mohammed Tawfiq Al Abbasi Street Off Hera'a Street, (Behind Danube Madinah Road) Opposite Al-Ghais Mosque

Telephone: +966-(12) 6073980, +966-(12) 6073981

Telefax: +966-(12) 6074280

E-mail: singcg_jed@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-Hours)

Address: Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: 6379-8800 / 8855

Fax: 6476-7302

E-mail: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg