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CAIRO: A court in Saudi Arabia has dropped a case against 13 people responsible for a deadly crane crash in Makkah in September 2015 that claimed lives of 111 pilgrims, the Gulf News reported.

The Makkah Criminal Court said on Thursday it has no jurisdiction to decide the case, which was initiated against the persons during last August for their alleged negligence, ignoring safety guidelines and damaging public property.

More than 230 people were injured in the collapse, just days before the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

The suspects, including six Saudis, two Pakistanis, a Canadian, a Jordanian, a Palestinian, an Egyptian, an Emirati and a Filipino had gone on trial in the case.

A red crane collapsed into a part of the Grand Mosque – the largest in the world – that was filled with worshippers at the time.

The head of Saudi Arabia’s civil defence had said that strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.