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Presidency offers condolences after fire kills nine Egyptians in Medina

Ministry of Civil Aviation and EgyptAir will bring the victims home


Muslim pilgrims sleep near Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina on November 13, 2009  (AFP/File, Mahmud Hams)
Muslim pilgrims sleep near Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Medina
(AFP/File, Mahmud Hams)

By Aya Nader

The presidency offered condolences to the families of dead Egyptian pilgrims in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.

The nine Egyptians were among 12 dead and 130 injured in a hotel fire Saturday, according to a statement from the Egyptian foreign ministry. Sixty-one of those injured were Egyptian.

Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi also offered his condolences. The Minister of Civil Aviation  said the ministry is cooperating with Egypt Air to bring the victims to Egypt.

Foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the consulate general in Jeddah, in cooperation with the Saudi Director of Civil Defense and representatives of Medina’s Ministry of Health, are taking steps to preserve the legal and financial rights of the victims should the fire be proven the result of negligence.

Egypt’s foreign ministry has set up an operations room to keep track of the incident, while the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the consulate general in Jeddah sent a mission to the site of the incident to investigate, provide medical care to the injured and assist in shipping the bodies of those killed.

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