More than 30 dead in maternity ward fire at Saudi hospital

Baku, December 24 AZERTAC

A fire ripped through a hospital in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 107.

The blaze broke out in the intensive care unit and the maternity department of the Jazan General Hospital in the kingdom's south, the civil defence agency said on Twitter.

It said in an update later that the fire had been extinguished and an investigation was under way into the cause.

Twenty-one civil defence teams had assisted in putting out the blaze, it added.

That fire was ignited by an electric short circuit in the underground car park, according to the authorities.

Thursday's fire sparked a wave of criticism among social media users who complained that Jizan province, especially its hospitals, suffers from inadequate infrastructure.

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