Saudi Arabia: Hospital Fire Kills at Least 31 and Injures More Than 100, Officials Say:
A blaze broke out around the hospital’s intensive care, pregnancy and neonatal care wards in the port city of Jizan in the state in the wee hours of Thursday by an identical name.
There clearly was additional details accessible or no instant dislocation of the casualties.
Later in the day, the health ministry in the kingdom set the death toll at 25, saying 123 individuals were injured. The discrepancy couldn’t immediately be accommodated but it is common in the wake of big catastrophes. The health ministry said in a statement that an investigation is underway to determine the reasons for the fire, and those injured were transferred to hospitals nearby.
All infants in incubators were saved, the health ministry said.
The AP amount of the hajj disaster death toll, which is three times higher in relation to the amount of departures recognized by the kingdom, creates the Sept. 24 stampede at Mina as the most fatal episode in the history of the yearly pilgrimage. It’s founded on state media reports and officials’ remarks from 36 of the over 180 nations that sent citizens to the hajj. Hundreds of people remain lost.
The kingdom has also been fighting with numerous pressures, most conspicuously low petroleum costs which are stressing its budget.
In Syria, Saudi supports the Western-backed Sunni rebels fighting against the government of President Bashar Assad.
Before the advisory Shura Council, King Salman summarized his domestic and international policies in a speech on Wednesday, vowing that economic development and security would stay the top priorities for the forthcoming year in the country’s as low petroleum costs keep falling the earnings of the kingdom.
Notably absent from his address was any reference to the hajj disaster.