Saudi Arabia hospital fire: 25 killed and over 100 injured

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An overnight fire at a hospital in southern Saudi Arabia has killed at least 25 people and injured more than 100 others, officials say.

The blaze broke out in the intensive care and maternity departments of the Jazan General Hospital, the Civil Defence Agency tweeted.

The fire is now over and those injured have been transferred to other hospitals in the area, it added.

An investigation is under way to find out the cause of the blaze.

One witness told Saudi television an electrical fault appeared to be to blame, and that the fire had swept through the building in minutes.

“We could hear the women screaming,” the man said.

The blaze badly damaged the interior, charring walls and leaving wreckage dangling from the ceiling.

MapTwenty-one civil defence teams helped extinguish the fire, according to the agency.

Some Saudis took to social media to complain of what they said was inadequate infrastructure in the area.

Saudi authorities also faced heavy criticism earlier this year after a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage killed hundreds.

Jazan is near the border with Yemen, which has seen months of fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed forces.

Earlier this week a rocket fired from Yemen towards Jazan was intercepted by Saudi Arabia, reports say, although there is no indication Thursday’s fire is related to the conflict.The interior of a Saudi hospital damaged by a fire that killed at least 25 people

 

Image captionThis was the scene inside the hospital after the fire was brought under controlA wheelchair badly burnt in a fire at a hospital in Saudi ArabiaImage captionThose injured have been taken to nearby hospitalsMedics gather outside a hospital in Saudi Arabia after a fireImage captionMedics gathered outside the front of the hospitalSaudi emergency services at the scene of a hospital blazeInvestigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire. Image copyright Reuters

 

 

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