Jeddah blaze kills 2 expats

Updated 16 February 2014
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Jeddah blaze kills 2 expats

A big fire in an old building in Jeddah’s Al-Jamia district killed two Bangladeshis and injured five Yemenis on Friday.
Civil Defense firefighting teams contained the blaze and transferred the injured to King Abdul Aziz Hospital.
The Civil Defense said in a statement that it sent five teams to the site. The firefighters evacuated all the residents.
The fire had started on the second floor and spread to the third floor, the statement said.
The Civil Defense teams saved five people on the second floor. The old dilapidated building had partially collapsed and hampered rescue efforts. One fireman was injured during the operation, the statement said.
The Civil Defense is trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Several eyewitnesses who live in the district told Arab News that the huge blaze had also threatened nearby buildings.


Saudi-led coalition foils attempted attack by drone near Abha airport

Updated 9 min 27 sec ago
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Saudi-led coalition foils attempted attack by drone near Abha airport

DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition said it has foiled an attempted attack by an unmanned drone in Saudi Arabia's southern city of Abha, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television channel reported on Saturday.
The coalition said it has destroyed the drone as it attempted to approach Abha airport, which was operating normally, according to Al-Arabiya.