Home > News > World
Sunday February 9, 2014 MYT 2:40:01 AM
Sunday February 9, 2014 MYT 2:41:06 AM
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)
Philippines confirms second MERS case
China downplays Hillary Clinton claim it hacked U.S. information
Euro zone meeting must fix Greece crisis - Italy's Renzi
Nowotny says developments do not make it easy for ECB to act on Greek funding
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Seeking divine blessings
SPAD and cops foil touts at bus terminals
Bad day for Aaliyah in tricks final
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)