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Death toll in Saudi Madinah hotel fire falls to 13

Around 130 were injured in a blaze caused by an electrical short circuit

Death toll in Saudi Madinah hotel fire falls to 13

The death toll following a blaze at a hotel in one of Saudi Arabia’s holy cities has fallen to 13, after initially being reported as 15.

Around 130 people were injured after the fire broke out at a hotel packed with Muslim pilgrims in Madinah on Saturday, Saudi state news said.

All 15 were Egyptians and the blaze was started by an electrical short circuit, according to a separate report on Egypt's state television station.

It took rescue teams more than two hours to put out the fire and a nearby hotel was evacuated as a precautionary measure, Saudi Arabia's state news agency reported.

Around 700 Muslim pilgrims were staying in the hotel at the time, it added.

* With agencies