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Saudi Aramco chief visits injured after deadly fire

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Saudi Aramco chief Amin al-Nasser paid a visit on Sunday to those hospitalized after a deadly fire broke out in a building leased by the company in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Khobar.

In pictures posted on the company’s official Twitter page, the acting president and CEO is shown talking to the injured. The Saudi Civil Defense said 11 people were killed in the fire while 219 were injured.

“Acting President Amin al-Nasser with Abdullah al-Hazemi, one of the civil defense men who acted heroically in the rescue,” one Tweet read next to a picture.

“We stand with the families of the deceased and injured in this hurtful incident to pass these hard times,” another tweet read.

The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city of Khobar, the kingdom's civil defense and the national oil company said on Twitter.

Nasser was named chief executive of Saudi Aramco in May.

His appointment followed a reshuffle by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, under which the former Aramco CEO Khalid al-Falih was appointed health minister and made chairman of Aramco.