RIYADH: At the least 35 foreigners have been killed and 4 others injured when a bus collided with one other heavy automobile close to Madinah, Saudi state media stated on Thursday.
The accident on Wednesday concerned a collision between “a non-public chartered bus… with a heavy automobile (loader)” close to the western Saudi Arabian metropolis, a spokesperson for Madinah police stated, in accordance with the official Saudi Press Company.
These concerned have been Arab and Asian pilgrims, in accordance with native media, who carried photos of the bus engulfed in flames and with its home windows blown out. The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital, SPA added, and authorities have launched an investigation.
The accident comes after 4 British pilgrims have been killed and 12 others injured in Saudi Arabia when their bus collided with a gas tanker in April 2018. They have been on their method to the holy metropolis of Makkah.
In January 2017, six Britons, together with a two-month-old child, have been killed in a minibus on their method to Madinah after making a pilgrimage to Makkah.
As a part of efforts to diversify its oil-dependent economic system, the ultra-conservative kingdom needs to foster a year-round spiritual tourism sector that features tens of millions of pilgrims.
Up till final month, the nation solely issued visas to Muslim pilgrims, overseas employees and just lately to spectators at sporting or cultural occasions, however vacationers at the moment are allowed to go to as a part of the drive to arrange the most important Arab economic system for a post-oil period.
In September 2015, a stampede killed as much as 2,300 worshippers – together with a whole lot of Iranians – within the worst catastrophe ever to strike the Hajj annual pilgrimage.