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Qatari pilgrims prevented from entering Grand Mosque in Makkah

DOHA: Saudi Arabia has reportedly prevented Qatari nationals from entering the Grand Mosque in Makkah marking a sharp escalation in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, Doha-based Al Sharq newspaper reported on Saturday. Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) received complaints that pilgrims from Qatar were barred from entering the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah. NHRC head Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri called the incident a flagrant violation of the right to practice religious rites as permitted by human rights conventions.…

Saudi court orders crane deaths trial to go ahead: reports

RIYADH: A Saudi appeals court has ordered about a dozen people accused of negligence in a deadly 2015 crane collapse at Islam's holiest site to stand trial again, newspapers reported on Wednesday. By a vote of five to two, the appeals judges overturned the Makkah criminal court's decision that it had no jurisdiction over allegations of "safety breaches", the Okaz and Saudi Gazette newspapers reported. At least 109 people, including foreign pilgrims, were killed when the crane crashed into a courtyard of Makkah's Grand…