Triplets from New Zealand are among 13 children killed in a fire at a shopping centre in Qatar.
The two-year-olds were trapped inside the building at a childcare area at the Villagio Mall in Doha.
Nineteen foreign nationals were killed.
Qatar's Interior Ministry has reported that the 13 children killed in a fire at a shopping mall in the capital city of Doha, were trapped inside of a nursery in the complex. In a press conference this evening the Ministry said:
Qatar's Interior Ministry have reported on their Twitter account that two firefighters have died in their effort to rescue children trapped in a fire today at a Doha shopping complex.
The Ministry said that they were only alerted later that children were trapped inside and firefighter then had to go in through the ceiling.
Reports that among the 13 children killed in a fire in Qatar's capital of Doha, four were of Spanish nationality, diplomatic sources in Madrid has said.
Qatar's Interior Ministry did not disclose the nationalities of the dead, but admitted that there were Europeans among them. A ministry official told journalists none of the dead were Qataris.
Many expatriates live in Qatar, a gas and oil-rich Gulf Arab state with one of the highest standards of living in the world.
An eyewitness has posted footage of a fire in the Qatari capital of Doha, where 19 people have been thought to have been killed in a major shopping complex.
The footage posted on YouTube shows black smoke billowing from the shopping centre as emergency vehicles rushed onto the scene.
The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera said 19 people were killed, including 13 children, have been killed today in a fire at an upscale mall in the Qatari capital.
The blaze broke out at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end. Smoke was billowing from the mall, which was evacuated. Ambulances and police vehicles blocked entry to the complex.
The Gulf Arab state's ministry of interior was planning to hold a news conference about the fire this evening.
Nineteen people including 13 children have been reported killed in a fire at a Qatar shopping centre, according to Reuters.