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Saudi Arabia: Death toll from fire falls to 13

Updated Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 | 2:28 a.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabian authorities have lowered the death toll from a fire in a hotel housing religious pilgrims in the western holy city of Medina to 13.

But Egyptian diplomat Adel al-Alfi said that the number of Egyptians among the dead has risen to nine.

Authorities said earlier that 15 had died in the Saturday fire. Egypt originally said that among them were five Egyptians.

The official Saudi press agency quoted Sunday Medina's health authorities as saying that dead numbered 13, with 130 injured.