At least 21 dead and several injured in fire in Gaza refugee camp


At least 21 people are killed in a fire that broke out in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp on Thursday night, Al Jazeera reported.

The fire reportedly broke out during birthday celebrations at a four-story apartment in Jabalia.

The search continues for several people who are still missing. Dozens of wounded are transferred to local hospitals, where the facilities are inadequate due to the blockade by Israel and Egypt.

Gaza’s interior ministry said an initial investigation revealed large amounts of gasoline had been stored at the site, fueling the fire that quickly engulfed the building.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a national tragedy and said there would be a day of mourning.

2.3 million people live crammed into Jabalia, one of eight refugee camps in war-torn Gaza.


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