At the least 21 individuals, together with whole households and youngsters, died Thursday in a fireplace at a residential constructing in a refugee camp in northern Gaza, in keeping with Palestinian authorities in Gaza.
The hearth broke out within the Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza’s inside ministry stated. A preliminary investigation discovered a considerable amount of gasoline contained in the constructing, which contributed to the hearth’s escalation, he added.
Everybody within the constructing was killed, ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bazm stated.
The lifeless included whole households, native media reported, itemizing among the many victims a health care provider, a neighborhood authorities official and a pharmacist, in addition to their wives and youngsters.
Hussein AlSheikh, secretary normal of the chief committee of the Palestine Liberation Group (PLO), referred to as on Israel to open the Erez crossing to permit the wounded to be taken to hospitals outdoors Gaza.
Israeli Protection Minister Benny Gantz stated it could be proper for Israel to take action to save lots of human lives, however it seems there have been no wounded survivors to move.
Israel controls the Erez crossing, one of many few checkpoints that enables motion between Israel and Gaza.
Police forces, civil protection and forensic groups are nonetheless investigating the incident, Gaza’s inside ministry stated.
Many households residing in Gaza retailer gasoline and diesel to generate energy, because the territory solely has electrical energy for eight hours a day because it solely has one energy station.
Hamas, the militant motion that runs Gaza, expressed its sorrow over the deaths and referred to as on the Palestinian individuals to take part within the funerals of the victims on Friday.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared a day of mourning for the victims.