Saudi Arabia: 15 killed in Madinah hotel blaze

Authorities said the victims are from different countries, including Turkey and Egypt

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At least 15 people were killed and 130 others were wounded in a fire that broke out at a hotel housing Muslim pilgrims in the holy city of Madinah in western Saudi Arabia on Saturday, local authorities said.

The blaze started at Ishraq al-Madinah Hotel at about 2 p.m., the Madinah Governorate said in a statement. The victims are from different nationalities, including some from Turkey and Egypt.


Adel al-Alfi, the Egyptian consul general in the western Saudi city of Jiddah, said five Egyptians , including two children were among the victims.

While authorities said they are still investigating the source of the blaze, they said many of the victims died of suffocation.
A nearby hotel was evacuated as a precaution as firefighters battled the blaze.

Madinah is a major religious tourist destination for Muslims. The city is the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad and is Islam's second holiest city after Mecca.

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