Fire in a building leaves 21 dead in the Gaza Strip | News

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A fire reported this Thursday in a residential building in the Jabalia refugee camp, located in the north of the Gaza Strip, left at least 21 deaths and dozens injured.


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The WAFA news agency, citing local authorities and sources, said that among the dead were children, while the injured were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in the city of Beit Lahiya.

The director of the hospital, Dr. Salah Abu Laila, reported that seven children died and that more than 30 people injured by the fire were received.

For its part, the Gaza Ministry of the Interior issued a statement to specify that preliminary investigations indicate that a large amount of fuel stored in the building may have caused the fire.

After learning of the fact, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a duel for this Friday with the flags at half mast in all official institutions.

In addition, the president classified what happened as a catastrophe and urged the relevant authorities to help all the families of the victims.

Given this, the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (Unrwa, for its acronym in English) expressed its condolences for the tragedy.

"Deeply saddened by the tragic death of 21 people following a fire in the Jabalia refugee camp, north of Gaza," the entity wrote on its Twitter account.

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