8 February 2014

Egypt: Four Killed in Saudi Hotel Fire - Ambassador

Cairo — Four Egyptians were killed along with others in a fire at a hotel in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, said Afifi Abdel Wahab, Egypt's ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

A fire that broke out at Ashraf al-Madina Hotel in al-Madina al-Munawara earlier on Saturday left about 15 dead and scores injured.

According to the ambassador, the fire's death toll rose to 15.

In two separate statements, Egyptian President Adli Mansour and Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi mourned the victims of the fire.

The office of al-Madina's Emir said a fire started at the hotel where around 700 guests of various nationalities were staying, the Middle East News Agency reported.

According to initial estimates, the fire left at least 12 dead and 130 hurt, most of whom suffered suffocation, the agency reported.

Civil defence teams put out the fire with 18 fire engines, the Emir's office said in a statement it released.

The neighbouring hotel was evacuated as a precautionary measure to protect its guests.

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