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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.


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.


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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