Nine Palestinians killed, many injured, heavy destruction in fire at Gaza refugee camp

Nine Palestinians were killed today, 58 others injured, including 14 critical, and many buildings severely damaged when fire broke out in a bakery at Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, reported medical sources and witnesses.

Reports said the fire started as a result of a gas explosion at the bakery leading to the heavy destruction in the entire area and the heavy number of casualties.

Medical sources said nine people were killed, including four children, three women and two men, and 58 others were injured among them 14 reported in critical condition.

The wounded were rushed to several hospitals in the Gaza Strip as civil defense trucks worked hard to put off the fire and contain the damage before it spreads to more places.

At least three residential buildings, 22 vehicles, four cinder block factories, a bakery, two restaurants, a carpentry, 50 stalls for peddlers, and an institute for the handicapped were totally destroyed in the fire.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency