Israel: A massive fire broke out in a refugee camp building in Gaza, 21 dead, dozens injured

Gaza Building Fire: At least 21 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a residential building in the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Many people were also injured in the accident. Ambulances took many of the injured to the local hospital. The Palestinian WAFA news agency reported that several children were among the dead.

Gaza’s interior ministry said a preliminary investigation showed a large amount of gasoline had been stored at the site, which set the building on fire, reports AFP. It took firefighters more than an hour to douse the massive blaze that broke out on the top floor of the four-storey residential building. Witnesses said they could hear screams, but could not help those trapped inside due to the intensity of the fire.

Palestinian president calls it a tragedy

About 2.3 million people live in refugee camps

Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Hussein al-Sheikh said in a statement that the Palestinian Authority urged Israel to open the Erez crossing with Gaza for the transport of serious cases, to treat the injured Could Jabaliya is one of eight refugee camps in Gaza, where 2.3 million people live and it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. 

United Nations also expressed condolences

Al-Sheikh said on Twitter, "The President has given instructions to provide all kinds of medical and other assistance immediately." A spokeswoman for COGAT, the Israeli defense ministry unit that manages the Erez crossing, told AFP that Israel "Will provide assistance as required." At the same time, the United Nations Middle East peace envoy Tor Vansland also expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the incident in a post on Twitter. "condolence" expressed.

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