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Death Toll Rises in Mecca Building Collapse

The death toll continues to rise in Saudi Arabia, as rescuers search through the rubble of a collapsed building in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Saudi officials now say 53 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a hostel where Muslim pilgrims were staying for this year's hajj. Rescue workers continue Friday to search for more victims. Scores of people were injured by the collapse.

Witnesses say many of the casualties were pilgrims from Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

The building was near Mecca's Great Mosque - Islam's holiest shrine. It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse.

About one million pilgrims have already arrived in Mecca for the annual hajj, but the number is expected to swell to more than two million by Sunday when the hajj begins.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.