Fire breaks out at a hotel in Makkah

All the 600 Turkish and Yemeni pilgirms at the hotel were safely evacuated

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A fire broke out in a 15-storey hotel in the Saudi city of Makkah on Monday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

All the 600 Turkish and Yemeni pilgirms who were at the hotel – located in the Aziziyah neighbourhood – were evacuated, according to local media reports.

No casualties were reported.

Civil defence teams controlled the fire that broke out in an air conditioning unit in the eighth floor, said Major Naif Al-Sharif, spokesman of the Civil Defence General Department in Makkah.

He also confirmed that a team had been assembled to investigate the cause of the accident.

More than a million pilgrims have gathered in Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual hajj, with several more visitors expected in the next few days, according to authorities.

The hajj pilgrimage officially begins next week.

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