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Muslim Pilgrims Killed in Saudi Hotel Fire

  • VOA News

In Saudi Arabia, at least 15 people are dead after a fire broke out at a hotel filled with Muslim pilgrims.

Authorities say the hotel is located in the Saudi holy city of Medina, in the country's west.

Television reports from Egypt say Egyptians were among those killed. At least 130 people were injured.

It was not clear what started the fire.

Saudi Arabia's state news agency says around 700 pilgrims were staying in the hotel at the time. A nearby hotel was evacuated as a precaution as firefighters battled the blaze.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.
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