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56 injured pilgrims transported to Arafat

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Some 56 pilgrims injured in the Makkah crane crash accident were transported on Monday by special medical vehicles to Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital and Arafat General Hospital for Standing on Arafat.

Disclosing this, Director of the Department of Health Affairs in Makkah Dr. Mustafa Baljoon said that 15 injured pilgrims were taken from King Abdul Aziz Hospital, 31 from King Faisal Hospital and 10 from Al-Noor Specialist Hospital.

Meanwhile, DNA samples of the next-of-kin of two Malaysian pilgrims who are still missing after the crane tragedy at the Grand Mosque have been handed over to the Saudi authorities to facilitate identification of bodies at the Moaissem mortuary in Mina.

The next-of-kin of the missing pilgrims arrived in Jeddah on Friday and were taken to the mortuary to obtain their specimen samples, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki was quoted as saying by a section of the Malaysian media.

The two missing pilgrims are Shahidan Saad, 52, from Kodiang, Kedah, and Abdul Habib Lahman, 68, from Sik, Kedah. Their next-of-kin to undergo the test are Sobri and Zulhakim — brothers of Shahidan — and Mohamad Fazil, who is the son of Abdul Habib.

Five Malaysian pilgrims were killed in the crane tragedy on Sept. 11. In a related development, Saudi Arabia’s United Cooperative Assurance said on Sunday it had received a claim from Saudi Binladin Group over the collapse of one of the construction firm’s cranes that killed more than 100 people.

The insurance firm said it had received the claim on Sept. 13 and it had appointed evaluators licensed by the country’s banking regulator to determine the damage caused by the accident, a bourse filing said.

United Cooperative Assurance said it will announce any developments in due course and the estimated value and financial impact of the incident would appear in fourth-quarter financial statements.

However, the firm added its coverage related to the client was more than 98 percent covered by reinsurers.

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