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2015-07-22 08:57

A DANGER ON SAUDI ROADS: In the latest incident, four members of a Saudi family were killed when their car collided with a stray camel while traveling in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. Image: Shutterstock

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Four members of a Saudi family were killed on Tuesday (July 21) when their car hit a stray camel in the desert kingdom.

Red Crescent spokesman Bishi al-Sarkhi said the incident was in the south-western region of Jazan.

FOUR KILLED, THREE INJURED

Father, mother and their two daughters were killed on impact, three sons were seriously injured.

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A picture published by the agency showed a dead camel lying in a pool of blood in the middle of a road blocked by police vehicles.

Legal experts have called for penalties for camel owners who let their animals stray on to highways, the Arab News reported in March 2015.

The publication also reported that 97% of crashes in Saudi Araabia involving animals were camels. It is estimated that in 2008, there were close to 250 000 camels (excluding strays) in the country, with 43% living in the capital Riyadh.


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