25 die in Saudi hospital fire

Riyadh, Dec 24 (IANS) At least 25 people were killed and 107 injured on Thursday as a horrific fire engulfed parts of a hospital in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan city, media reports said.

The Saudi civil defence directorate said the blaze broke out at the Jizan General Hospital at about 2.30 a.m., Al Jazeera reported.

The disaster occurred in the intensive care unit and the maternity ward on the first floor of the hospital, Xinhua news agency added.

At least 20 fire engines battled the blaze. Other patients were rushed to a number of nearby public and private hospitals.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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