12 killed, 200 injured in fire in Saudi residential complex


12 people are reported to be killed in a fire at a residential complex in Saudi Arabia. Officials say that more than 200 people are injured adding that victims may be of various nationalities.

Some of the injured are in extremely critical conditions and there are fears that the death toll could be higher. The cause of the fire is still not known.

According to eye-witnesses, the fire broke out at a site used as accommodation for workers for the oil giant Saudi Aramco in the eastern city of Khobar. The authorities deployed helicopters to rescue people trapped in the building, but the choppers struggled to control the blaze.

Like many companies in Saudi Arabia, Aramco uses large numbers of migrant workers.

A tweet from the Saudi’s civil defence ministry said, “Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers, heavy smoke billowed, obstructing rescue and firefighting operations.”

The company said it had launched the investigations into the fire.


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