Saudi Arabia: 20 Umrah pilgrims killed in bus accident
At least 20 people were killed and 29 were injured after a bus hit a bridge, overturned, and burst into flames in Saudi Arabia's Asir province on Monday, AFP reported, quoting state media. According to reports, the bus was carrying Umrah pilgrims to Mecca and Medina, the holiest cities in Islam. A state-affiliated channel said the vehicle's brakes allegedly failed, resulting in the accident.
Similar incident occurred in 2019
Reports said that the bus was ferrying passengers of "different" nationalities," but none were specified. To note, the road accident occurred during the first week of the Ramzan month, a busy time for Muslim worshippers worldwide. A similar incident also took place in October 2019, when around 35 foreigners were killed after a bus was hit by another vehicle near Medina.