At least 21 Palestinians died in a house fire in Gaza

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It occurred in a residential building in the Jabalia refugee camp. This is one of the deadliest events in this territory outside the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Fire in a building in the Gaza Strip

At least 21 people died Thursday in a fire in a building in the northern Gaza Strip, the Hamas terrorist group that rules the area reported.

It is one of the deadliest events in Gazano strangers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It happened in a building where residents were attending a party, health and emergency officials said Thursday.

Images circulated on social media and witnesses said the entire residential building caught fire in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, with flames and plumes of smoke rising from the site.

Building fire in Gaza Strip

Fire broke out on the third floor of a three-story building in the crowded refugee camp, Hamas said.

Gaza's Civil Defense, which is operated by the Hamas terrorist organization, blamed the attack on gasoline containers that had been stored in the building. It is not immediately clear how the gasoline ignited the fire.

Authorities said an investigation had been launched.

Flames could be seen shooting out from the windows of the building, in front of which hundreds of people had gathered in the street waiting for the fire trucks and ambulances.

At least 21 Palestinians died in a house fire in Gaza

The Gaza Civil Defense, which is operated by Hamas, blamed the fire on gasoline containers

Witnesses said they could hear screaming but could not reach out to help because of the intensity of the fire.

Jabalia is one of eight refugee camps there, home to 2.3 million people and one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Salah Abu Laila, head of the Indonesian Hospital in the town of Jabalia confirmed that all dead bodies they were “baked”.

Hussein al Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority official in the West Bank, called on Israel to open the border post of Erez to facilitate the transfer of the injured.

(With information from AP, AFP and Reuters)

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