The fire broke out in the Jabaliya refugee camp, the Gaza Ministry of the Interior announced. During the preliminary investigation, a large amount of gasoline was found in the building, which contributed to the escalation of the fire – wrote the CNN.
Everyone in the building died, said ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bazm.
According to local media reports, the victims include entire families. A doctor, a local government official and a pharmacist died, along with their wives and children.
Hussein Al-Sheikh, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, called on Israel to open the Erez crossing so that the wounded could be transported to hospitals outside Gaza.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said it would be the right thing for Israel to do so to save lives, but it appears there were no wounded survivors to be transported. Israel controls the Erez crossing, one of the few checkpoints that allow movement between Israel and Gaza.
Police forces, civil defense and forensic experts are still investigating the incident. Many families in Gaza stockpile gasoline and diesel to run generators, as the area only has electricity for eight hours a day, as it only has one power plant.
The militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, expressed regret over the deaths and called on the Palestinian people to attend the funerals of the victims on Friday. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, announced a day of mourning in memory of the victims.
(Cover photo: Local residents gather in front of a house on fire in Gaza on November 17, 2022. Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP)