JABALIA: At least 21 people including 10 children were killed in a fire incident in a building in a densely populated refugee camp in the Peninsula. Gaza.
Firefighters successfully put out the fire that broke out in the Jabalia refugee camp, which is one of eight camps in Gaza.
A local security official told the news portal BBCpreliminary investigation showed that there was a gas leak from the kitchen of the building which was the cause of the fire.
The director of emergency services at the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza, Dr. Salah Abu Laila described the fire as huge with videos on social media showing the entire building engulfed in flames.
People were seen screaming outside the burning building, while relatives of the victims were in the streets crying and praying.
A local resident who rushed to the scene said that there was petrol stored in the building to operate the generator which caused the fire to intensify.
“It’s a very difficult and sad situation knowing there are children and women on fire but not being able to save them,” explained a witness to the incident.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, described it as a national tragedy and declared a day of mourning yesterday.
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