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Palestinians mourn victims of Gaza fire

A fire in a residential block in the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, killed 21 people as Civil Defense crews were unable to control the flames amid their modest capabilities.
Police officers cordon off the area surrounding a building as firefighters extinguish a fire that broke out in one of the apartments in the Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees, northern Gaza strip, Nov. 17, 2022.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians were shaken on the evening of Nov. 17 after a fire that erupted in a residential building that the Abu Raya family owns in Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, killing 21 people including eight children. 

The family was celebrating the return of one of its members from abroad on the top floor of the apartment building when the fire broke out, burning down the entire apartment and killing everyone inside, mostly women and children.

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