TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A driver plowed a car into the gates of the iconic Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, damaging the entrance to the msoque.
The collision on Friday night saw a driver careen off the road and slam into the mosque – known as the Masjid al-Haram – captured in footage circulating online.
Nobody was seriously injured in the incident and the motorist is now in custody.
According to a representative for the Mecca regional government, Sultan al-Dosari, the car “swerved while moving at a high speed on one of the roads surrounding the southern courtyard of the Grand Mosque” before crashing. “Thankfully, no one was injured,” he added, sharing a photo of the wreck.
The arrested citizen was in an abnormal condition. He was referred to the public prosecution.
Video taken after the collision showed a group of security personnel carting the vehicle away from the crash site as bystanders looked on.
The Grand Mosque resumed public prayer earlier this month following a lengthy hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic, closing its doors for some seven months.
Saudi authorities also permitted citizens to gradually return to performing the Umrah pilgrimage in October, which typically attracts millions of worshipers from around the world to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities known to Islam.
With the health crisis, however, the number of devotees allowed to visit will be limited to 6,000 per day.