Fire in Saudi capital kills 10

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Riyadh civil defence are seen putting out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Riyadh civil defence are seen putting out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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Riyadh civil defence are seen arriving at the scene to put out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 15 October 2017
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Fire in Saudi capital kills 10

RIYADH: A fire at a carpentry workshop in the Saudi capital has left 10 people dead and three others injured, the kingdom’s civil defense said Sunday.
“The Riyadh civil defense put out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh,” the Saudi civil defense wrote on its official Twitter account.
It said the victims’ identities had not yet been determined. No information was given on the cause of the overnight fire.
The civil defense posted photos of what appeared to be an enormous lumber yard engulfed in flames, with firefighters working through the night to douse the blaze.


Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

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Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

DUBAI: The first activities of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment (GAE) kicked off on Thursday evening in celebration of the kingdom’s National Day on September 23 in the province of Jeddah.

The festivities were held on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street and Corniche Road with performances of national songs and fashion shows representing Saudi cultural heritage, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The events also included workshops for children to participate in the celebration of the occasion. The activities ended with a firework show.

In Jizan, families enjoyed heritage shows hosted by the GAE at the corniche as well as Saudi art and photography.

Storytellers entertained children with stories of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud and the history of the unification of the states of Saudi Arabia.

Artwork of Saudi landmarks were exhibited, celebrating modern and historical architecture in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, schools across the kingdom organized activities to mark the celebrations for children, highlighting the role of the founding father of Saudi Arabia in “reuniting and unifying the country.” Schools have also partnered with government bodies to educate students on the role and status of Saudi Arabia on the world stage.

Across the kingdom, preparations to celebrate National Day have been completed, with street decorations and a number of events planned.

Celebrations will be held over five days to commemorate Saudi National Day.