At least 21 killed, several injured in Gaza refugee camp fire

At least 21 people are killed in a fire that broke out in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp on Thursday night, Al Jazeera reported.

According to reports, the fire erupted during a birthday celebrations in a four-storey apartment in Jabalia.

The search continues for several people who remain missing. Dozens of injured people are rushed to local hospitals, where facilities are inadequate due to blockade by Israel and Egypt.

Gaza’s Interior Ministry said an initial investigation revealed that large amounts of gasoline had been stored at the site, fueling the blaze that quickly engulfed the building.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a national tragedy and said there would be a day of mourning.

2.3 million people live in cramped lines of Jabalia, one of the eight refugee camps in war-torned Gaza.