The surprising incident took place at 10:30 pm local time when a driver rammed his car into the outer-perimeter gate of the Grand Mosque in Makkah late on Friday. The bizarre incident did not cause any casualties, as reported by local Saudi Arabia media officials. Watch This Saudi Man Crashes Car Into the Gate of Masjid Al-Haram.
The motive and reason to cross the ring around the most consecrated place on earth are not yet surfaced over media. Saudi Arabia has permitted citizens and residents to start performing Umrah as of 6,000 pilgrims a day.
Saudi Authorities on October 4, said,
“We would steadily phase in the number of pilgrims allowed into the two holy cities. It will open for Muslims from abroad starting by November 1.”
The spokesman for the Makkah region governorate, Sultan al-Dosari said,
“The crash happened around 10:30 pm local time and saw the man’s car rammed through a barrier. Moreover, the man kept driving until the car hit the gate on the Grand Mosque’s southern side, the security authorities in Makkah immediately responded to an accident where a car hit one of the entrance gates of the Masjid al-Haram.”
Visual details of the video recorded by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
“The security forces can be seen pushing the damaged sedan away. The video shows the car ploughing through the blockades in the patio. Then driving straight into one of the large doors of the Grand Mosque.”
Watch: #SaudiArabia’s authorities arrest a man who crashed his car into one of the gates of the Grand Mosque in #Mecca, state news agency SPA reports.https://t.co/CdK4Efn8PQ pic.twitter.com/C9P5neyM0x
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) October 31, 2020
According to the reports,
“The authorities arrested the man inside, who appeared in atypical condition, the agency said, without expounding. The police referred the man to prosecutors for possible charges. “
The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported,
“No civilians were bruised or hurt in the crash. Videos posted on social media showed several people pushing the vehicle away from the mosque complex. Saudi Arabia’s state-run channel Saudi Qur’an broadcast live video from inside the mosque during and after the incident.”
In a tweet, the Makkah region elucidated
“There were no casualties. The driver was in an unusual condition. It is presumed that the accident was caused by a car drifting and roving in high speed at nearby roads in the southern square of the Grand Mosque.”
متحدث #إمارة_مكة سلطان الدوسري :
الجهات الأمنية بمكة تُباشر حادثة ارتطام مركبة بأحد أبواب #المسجد_الحرام نتيجة انحرافها أثناء سيرها بسرعة عالية بأحد الطرق المحيطة بالساحة الجنوبية اللحرم، ولم يصب أي شخص بأذى
..المقبوض عليه مواطن بحالة غير طبيعية ، وجارٍ إحالته للنيابة العامة pic.twitter.com/wOAPnq2YPf
— إمارة منطقة مكة المكرمة (@makkahregion) October 30, 2020
Specifics of the Grand Mosque, where the car hit one of the Sacred Gates
The Grand Mosque houses the Kaaba that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day. The kingdom managed a downsized and emblematic hajj pilgrimage in July due to apprehensions that it could easily have become a global super propagator event for the virus. Umrah has archaeologically fascinated millions of pilgrims across the world. Yet, due to the life-threatening global health settings caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Saudi government opt for pragmatic but strict preventive measures to ensure a safe and healthy hajj for all pilgrims. It is eminent that on Sunday, the kingdom will permit some foreigners to perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to the cities of Makkah and Madinah that can be done at any time of the year.