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Published: Sunday February 9, 2014 MYT 2:40:01 AM
Updated: Sunday February 9, 2014 MYT 2:41:06 AM

Fifteen pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia hotel fire - report

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Fifteen people died and around 130 were injured when a fire broke out in a hotel packed with Muslim pilgrims in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina on Saturday, the state news agency said.

All 15 were Egyptians and the blaze was started by an electrical short circuit, according to a separate report on Egypt's state television station.

It took rescue teams more than two hours to put out the fire and a nearby hotel was evacuated as a precautionary measure, Saudi Arabia's state news agency reported.

Around 700 Muslim pilgrims were staying in the hotel at the time, it added.

(Reporting By Ali Abdelaty and Maha El Dahan; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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