Officials mentioned the hearth seemed to be an accident, primarily based on preliminary investigations.
“Police forces, civil defense and forensic teams are still continuing their follow-up and investigations into this painful incident,” the Interior Ministry mentioned in a press release.
The ministry additionally mentioned that authorities discovered a big gasoline cache within the house. Palestinians in Gaza typically depend on diesel-run mills for electrical energy due to extreme energy shortages within the tiny enclave. A joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade, in addition to political divisions between native Hamas authorities and the Palestinian management within the West Bank, have hobbled Gaza’s solely energy plant.
One witness, a next-door neighbor, mentioned that the hearth raged for greater than an hour and a half. The first firefighters on the scene didn’t have correctly outfitted hoses and vans, he mentioned.
The head of the U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process mentioned in a press release Thursday that he felt “great sorrow” listening to the tragic information. “I extend my deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of those who perished in the accident; the government and the Palestinian people,” Tor Winsland mentioned.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Friday a public day of mourning within the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Many Gazans are nonetheless rebuilding houses and key infrastructure destroyed through the May 2021 battle with Israel. A 3 day-conflict this summer time between Israel and one other Gaza-based militant group, Islamic Jihad, left 44 Palestinians useless.