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Cairo: Six people were killed and another person was injured on Sunday in a road crash in Saudi Arabia’s western city of Taif, according to a media report.

The accident involved a car collision on a road linking Taif and the city of Al Bahah in the kingdom’s south west, added news portal Ajel.

Competent agencies are handling the accident, the report said without further details. The cause of the collision was not immediately clear.

In recent weeks, Saudi media reported several deadly accidents.

On Saturday, four people were killed and two others wounded after two cars collided head-on in the coastal city of Al Qunfudah, Saudi news portal Sabq reported.

Last week, 21 Umrah pilgrims heading to the holy city of Makkah were killed and 29 others injured when their bus flipped over in the Asir region in south-western Saudi Arabia.

Earlier in March, a married couple and their four children were killed in a road crash while returning from the capital Riyadh to Jizan in south-western Saudi Arabia after spending the school holiday.

In January, a Saudi cleric, his wife and their five children were killed in a road crash on a highway near Al Qunfudah. The tragedy occurred when a speeding truck collided with a car carrying the seven on a highway, killing them all, witnesses said.

The cost of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia is estimated at SR11.7 billion, Saudi newspaper Al Watan reported last week.

Around 9,420 accidents were registered inside the kingdom’s cities against 7,542 outside them last year, Al Watan added, quoting official figures. Those accidents resulted in a total of 4,555 deaths.

In recent years, Saudi authorities have toughened penalties against traffic offences to reduce traffic accidents.