Saudi hospital fire kills 31, injures more than 100

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Saudi Arabia hospital fire
Dozens have died and more than a hundred were injured at a Saudi Arabian hospital overnight.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia says an overnight fire at a hospital in the southwestern province of Jizan has killed at least 31 people and injured over 100.

Saudi Civil Defense spokesman Maj. Yahya bin Abdullah al-Qahtani says the cause of the blaze remains unknown. It broke out in the early hours of Thursday around the hospital's intensive care, maternity and neonatal care wards.

There was no immediate breakdown of the victims available.

The kingdom has suffered a number of large-scale accidents this year, namely a crane collapse that killed 111 and a stampede that killed at least 2,400 during the hajj pilgrimage in September, according to an Associated Press count.