Furniture shop fire in Riyadh kills 11 expats

Updated 14 May 2014

Furniture shop fire in Riyadh kills 11 expats

Eleven foreigners died in a massive fire at a furniture workshop in Riyadh’s Badr district on Monday night, the Civil Defense said.
“The operation room at the Civil Defense in Riyadh received information about the fire at 10:13 p.m.,” the department said, adding that it sent 14 firefighting units, 15 support units and eight rescue teams to the site.
“Our teams reached the site within six minutes,” said Maj. Mohammed Al-Hamadi, department spokesman. The fire gutted the entire workshop, which spans 600 sqm.
Witnesses said most victims died of smoke inhalation. “Many of them could not get out of the place because of heavy smoke,” one witness said.
According to sabq.org electronic newspaper, most bodies could not be identified.
Meanwhile, another massive fire broke out in abandoned warehouses in the Taibah district of Madinah on Tuesday. It sent huge billows of smoke, threatening residents in the neighborhood. No one was injured.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.