Several killed after fire breaks out in Gaza residential building


Gaza: At least 21 people, including whole families and children, were killed when a fire broke out at a residential building in a refugee camp in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian authorities in Gaza.

The fire broke out in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza’s Interior Ministry said. The Civil Defense in Gaza, which is run by Hamas, attributed the cause of the fire to gasoline that was being stored in the building. It was not immediately clear how the gasoline ignited, though initial reports indicated that it may have leaked and caught fire when celebrants lit candles.

Officials said an investigation was underway.

Everyone in the building was killed, ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bazm said.

The dead included entire families, local media reports said, listing a doctor, a local government official and a pharmacist, and their wives and children among the victims.


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