Death toll rises in Sudan factory fire: doctors

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Members of the Sudanese civil defense forces search for victims at the scene of a fire in north Khartoum. (AFP)
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Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out. (AFP)
Updated 03 December 2019

Death toll rises in Sudan factory fire: doctors

  • The casualties were taken to several hospitals in the capital

KHARTOUM: A fire triggered by an explosion tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring dozens, doctors and witnesses said.

Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone in north Khartoum. The fire has been controlled and investigation will start soon, an Al-Arabiya correspondent said.

Police cordoned off the entire area, an AFP correspondent reported from the scene.

The casualties were taken to several hospitals in the capital, it said, urging off-duty doctors to help out. State television reported “heavy losses of life and property.”

“The explosion was loud. Several cars that were parked in the compound of the factory also caught fire,” an employee of an adjacent factory told AFP.
It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosion.


US president awards Kuwait’s emir with rare military decoration

Updated 18 September 2020

US president awards Kuwait’s emir with rare military decoration

  • The award was accepted on behalf of the emir by his son Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
  • The honor was granted in recognition of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “great efforts” and the important role he plays in the region and the world

LONDON: US President Donald Trump on Friday presented Kuwait’s emir with a rare military award during a private ceremony at the White House.
The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is a prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the American president and was last awarded in 1991.
The honor was granted in recognition of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “great efforts” and the important role he plays in the region and the world, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
It also reflected the “distinguished and historic” partnership between Kuwait and the US and came in advance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, KUNA added.
The award was accepted on behalf of the emir by his son Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.