Children among nine dead in Gaza market blaze: ministry
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Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)
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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