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At least 21 killed including 7 children and several others injured in Gaza Strip fire

Gaza Strip: A major accident has happened in the Gaza Strip. At least 21 people have been killed and several others injured in a fire that broke out in a building in the Gaza Strip. It took firefighters more than an hour to douse the massive blaze that broke out on the top floor of a four-story residential building in the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Gaza Strip: A major accident has happened in the Gaza Strip. At least 21 people have been killed including seven children and several others injured in a fire that broke out in a building in the Gaza Strip. It took firefighters more than an hour to douse the massive blaze that broke out on the top floor of a four-story residential building in the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. “Police forces, civil defense and forensic teams are still continuing their follow-up and investigations into this painful incident,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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After the fire incident, the injured were rushed to local hospitals. Meanwhile, Israel said it would allow medical treatment if needed. Gaza’s interior ministry said a preliminary investigation showed that a large amount of gasoline was placed at the scene, which caused the fire to spread quickly and engulf the building. Eyewitnesses said that after the fire broke out, there was a sound of people screaming, but seeing the fire, they could not help the people inside.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a national tragedy and declared a day of mourning. Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) executive committee, said the Palestinian Authority urged Israel to open the Erez crossing with Gaza to move serious cases out of the enclave so they could be treated as needed.

Meanwhile, UN Middle East peace envoy Tor Vansland expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the incident on Twitter. Let us tell you that Jabaliya is one of the refugee camps in Gaza, where 2.3 million people live and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

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