Fire at Saudi Wedding Kills 23 Women and Children

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Fire at Saudi Wedding Kills 23 Women and Children
Thu 01-11-2012

A blaze that erupted inside a tent at a wedding in Saudi Arabia has killed at least 23 women and children.

The media cite civil defense officials as saying that celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line that touched off the fire late Tuesday in the Eastern Province.

"With just one exit, it's believed many of the victims may have been electrocuted in the rush to escape," said the BBC's Katie Watson.

Al-Jazeera reports last month, Saudi Arabia banned the shooting of firearms at weddings, a popular tradition in tribal areas of the country.

In 1999, 76 people died in a similar incident in the Eastern Province of the country.

The official Saudi Press Agency said Wednesday that a special government committee will conduct an investigation into the incident. The probe will be by the provincial governor.