Fire de­stroys build­ings in saudi Unesco her­itage site

The Miracle - - National & Int -

A fire de­stroyed three build­ings in a tra­di­tional sec­tion of Jed­dah, listed as a Unesco world her­itage site, the Saudi civil de­fence said on Wed­nes­day. Saudi civil de­fence said 60 peo­ple had evac­u­ated their homes when the fire broke late on Tues­day in Al-Balad, a his­toric district in the Red Sea city of Jed­dah which dates back to the 8th cen­tury. The blaze com­pletely de­stroyed three build­ings and se­ri­ously dam­aged three oth­ers, civil de­fence said. There were no re­ports of in­juries. Jed­dah, Saudi Ara­bia’s sec­ond largest city af­ter the cap­i­tal Riyadh, is listed as a UNESCO world her­itage site. The city is home to 19th-cen­tury houses known for their Roshan, a dis­tinc­tive wooden fa­cade. Lo­cated in Makkah prov­ince, Jed­dah has long been the ar­rival point for pil­grims jour­ney­ing to Makkah city for hajj, the Mus­lim pil­grim­age which this year takes place next month.

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