Huge fire damages public prosecution building in Dammam

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Saudi civil defence teams battle fire at Public Prosecutor's Office in Dammam. (Screengrab)
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Saudi civil defence teams battle fire at Public Prosecutor's Office in Dammam. (Screengrab)
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Saudi civil defence teams battle fire at Public Prosecutor's Office in Dammam. (Screengrab)
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Saudi civil defence teams battle fire at Public Prosecutor's Office in Dammam. (Screengrab)
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Saudi civil defence teams battle fire at Public Prosecutor's Office in Dammam. (Screengrab)
Updated 02 September 2018
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Huge fire damages public prosecution building in Dammam

JEDDAH: A huge fire ripped through a public prosecution building in Dammam on Sunday.
Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours after it broke out at 2 p.m. local time (11 GMT). Nobody was injured in the fire. 
Videos on social media show most of the floors of the offices ablaze with large pieces of debris collapsing from the building.


Lt. Col. Abdulhadi Al-Shahrani, a spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in the Eastern Province, said teams began extinguishing the fire from the building’s exterior. 
The Public Prosecutor’s Office said the fire was caused by a failure in the air conditioning machines in the upper floor due to a lack of maintenance work.
There was no criminal suspicion, the office said.

Earlier, Governor of the Eastern Region, Prince Saud bin Nayef directed all concerned parties to urgently set up a committee to investigate the incident.
A source at the Public Prosecution Office told the Saudi Press Agency that the branch did not lose any information or documents due to the fire, as all cases are saved on an electronic system and backed up on a central system.
The source said the work in the prosecution services would resume on Monday.


Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

Updated 26 min 24 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

  • Al-Jubeir says world stands united in solidarity with Muslims
  • Praised NZ's prime minister, government and people for the response to attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.

Taking to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had "no religion or race."

He added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what the prime minister, the government and the people of New Zealand have done is proof of that."

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READ MORE ARAB NEWS COVERAGE OF CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS HERE

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His statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”