JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences and sympathy for the victims of the Grand Mosque tragedy, which left 107 people dead.
Jokowi expressed his condolences at the King Faisal Palace on Saturday, September 12 Indonesia time. He is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a 5-day state visit and to encourage investments.
“I extend my deepest condolence for the victims, including our Indonesian citizens,” Jokowi said.
He said he only got the news when arrived in Jeddah.
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said that Jokowi planned to visit the injured victims who were hospitalized in An-Noor hospital in Mecca.
“But after mulling over some considerations, including security advise from Saudi’s government, he can’t visit them tonight. It also takes a while to coordinate,” he said.
Two Indonesian women are dead and 33 other Indonesians injured, after a crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday.
This is the latest data according to the statement of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry, as of September 11 at 11:45 pm Saudi Arabia time.
Of the victims 4 are being treated in An-Noor Hospital, 11 in Zahir Hospital, 7 in Clinic BPIH, and the rest in sector 4 area Masjidil Haram.
The dead were identified as Masnauli Hasibuan and Siti Rasmini. Rasmini was from Jakarta.
“I was with Minister Lukman Saifuddin last night when we were visiting our jemaah (pilgrims) in the hospital. We will make sure that all of the pilgrims from Indonesia are in good condition. Today, the activity in Masjidil Haram is back to normal. Jemaah can go there for prayers,” Dharmakirty Syailendra Putra, Indonesia Consulate General in Mecca told Rappler.
The government of Saudi Arabia is taking care of the medical needs of all the pilgrims, but the Indonesian government is also providing care.
Heavy rain and strong winds are blamed for the accident, which occurred as hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over the world gather for the annual hajj pilgrimage expected to begin on September 21.
The Grand Mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays, the Muslim weekly day of prayer. – Rappler.com
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