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Eleven dead in Saudi as fire sweeps through compound

Eleven people are dead and over 200 are injured after a fire swept through an oil workers residential compound in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi national oil company Saudi Aramco said the cause of the fire which broke out in a basement of the Radium residential compound in Khobar was not known.

The Saudi Civil Defense Department tweeted that 11 were dead and 219 people have been injured. Credit: Saudi Civil Defense Department/Twitter
According to Aramco's website, the Radium Residential Complex consists of eight six-storey buildings and comprises 486 units. Credit: Twitter/Saudi Civil Defense Department

Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers, heavy smoke bellowed, obstructing rescue and firefighting operations," the Civil Defense said in a statement. The fire is now under control, it said.

Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil exporter with its entire output pumped by Aramco.

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Saudi Arabia 'attacked by Scud missile' from Yemen

A Saudi-led force has been attacking Houthi positions in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies, according to the Saudi state news agency, reports Reuters.

In a statement from the leadership of the Saudi-led joint Arab military coalition, Saudi Arabia said the attack by forces loyal to President Saleh happened in the early hours of the morning.

"At 2:45 on Saturday morning, the Houthi militias and ousted (President) Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a Scud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praise be to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with a Patriot missile," the statement said.

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Saudi Arabia thwarts attack on US Embassy in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 93 people with links to the so-called Islamic State, foiling several terror attacks including a planned strike on the US Embassy in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told the Associated Press that the arrests include a cell of 65 people arrested in March who were involved in a plan that included targeting residential compounds, prisons and security forces.

Authorities also thwarted a plot for a suicide attack on the US Embassy after receiving information about the plan in Mid-March, the General said.

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