A high rise hotel close to Makkah in Saudi Arabia caught fire, officials from the Kingdom’s fire services have announced.

 

According to the Civil Defence, the fire started on the 12th floor of the hotel. No further information on the property or the reason behind the fire was made available by officials.

A total of 700 pilgrims were rescued from the hotel, officials revealed that none of them were injured.

In 2015, a hotel fire in Saudi caused 1,000 people to be evacuated.

Officials "rescued two pilgrims who were hurt" by the fire in an eighth-floor room of the unnamed hotel.