Middle East: Septuplets born in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman has given birth to seven babies - four boys and three girls. It is only the third set of septuplets known to be born alive.

The babies, born on Wednesday, are in good health in the Abha obstetric hospital in Aseer, 750 miles south of Riyadh, the Okaz daily said.

The father, Abdullah Mohammed Ali, 55, was quoted as saying: "We didn't know of the number of babies during the pregnancy, but we're ecstatic and can't wait for them to join their brothers and sisters at home."