Two UAE nationals dead in Makkah building collapse

DUBAI - Two UAE nationals have died following the building collapse in Makkah yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 6 Jan 2006, 11:02 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:52 PM

They are Abdullah Rashid al Kaabi from Al Ain, who was with the Bin Hasnava and Al Abid Haj mission and Badareyah Ahmed Ibrahim from Umm Al Quwain, who was with the Khor Fakkan mission.

Six other UAE nationals still missing are – Sallameh Shamil, Ali M. Al Yarebi from Ras Al Khaimah (Bin Elewah mission), Halema A., Suleiman Al Naqvi, Mona Abdullah al Hassan, Naseem Abdul Jalil all from Ras Al Khaimah with the Abdullah Hassan Haj mission and Jamal Abdul Hameed from the Khor Fakkan mission.

Two of those who were injured are discharged. Four others who are still in hospital are: Khadija, Nasser Hassan Ahmed Ali and Fatima Ali. They are all said to be in stable condition, while Shaikha Al Ghassari is in the intensive care.

Mussabah Al Suwweidi, Head of the official Haj Delegation, said that the bodies of the two dead pilgrims are in the morgue and are awaiting a word from their respective families, on whether they want the bodies to be flown back home or to be buried here in Makkah.

Earlier, Mohammed bin Nukhira Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf, told Khaleej Times that the UAE authorities are in direct contact with Haj authorities in Saudi Arabia regarding the fate of pilgrims from the emirates.

However, there was no official word about any deaths among UAE pilgrims.

Al Dhahiri denied reports that said four UAE nationals died in the incident. 'So far, rescuers have not recovered bodies, and we pray to Allah Almighty that we will hear good news later,' he said.

Saudi authorities had said at least 18 people were killed after a building collapsed in Makkah as pilgrims gathered in the Muslim holy city for the Haj pilgrimage.

Saudi Television said 39 people were injured and that rescue teams were still searching for more people beneath the rubble.

Al Dhahiri said authorities here were coordinating with the UAE official Haj mission to ensure all help is provided to UAE pilgrims.

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