Nine dead in Gaza market blaze

Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Published: 00:56, Mar 07,2020


Nine Palestinians including several children were killed after a fire broke out in a bakery in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian authorities said, without specifying the cause.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave, said 85 people were injured in the blaze in a market in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. Four of the dead were children, he said.

An official at the civil defence in Gaza confirmed the fire started in a bakery and ‘caused damage to dozens of shops and stalls.’

He said the fire had been brought under control but did not give a reason for it.

A large plume of smoke rose into the sky and could be seen from a great distance, AFP journalists said.

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