DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A Saudi man in a speeding car crashed into the outer gate of Mecca’s Grand Mosque on Friday night, The country’s state news agency reported.
The crash happened around 10:30 pm and saw the man’s car crash through a barrier and continue driving until it crashed into the gate south of the Grand Mosque, The Saudi Press Agency said.
Authorities said authorities arrested the man inside, who appeared in “abnormal” condition without specifying.
The video on social media corresponded to the news agency’s account, and security forces then pushed the damaged sedan away.
The large mosque has a cube-shaped Kaaba that observant Muslims pray five times a day. Authorities closed the mosque in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has recently reopened to a small number of followers. Footage, broadcast on state-run Quran TV, showed people inside circling around Kaaba before and after the accident.
The kingdom held an iconic, dramatically scaled-down hajj pilgrimage in July due to fears that it could easily turn into a global hyper-contagious event for the virus.