Gaza: 3 children burn to death as energy crisis bites (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Published: 04.02.12, 00:40)
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Emergency services spokesman says candle that apparently caused blaze
was used after electricity was cut
Three Palestinian children were found dead Sunday in a fire in their
room caused by a candle being used due to lack of electricity in
Gaza, an emergency services official said.
"A fire broke out in the children´s room," said Adham Abu Selmiya,
emergency services spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
"Apparently the fire was caused by a candle which was being used
after the electricity was cut," he said, adding that the tragedy
occurred in the town of Deir Balah, in the center of the coastal
A fourth child, aged six months, was badly burned and taken to
hospital, added Selmiya.
The children, aged two, five and six, were members of the Bashir
family, a relative said.
The Gaza Strip´s sole power station shuddered to a halt a week ago,
running out of fuel just 48 hours after some 450,000 liters were
delivered to the coastal strip from Israel.
The Red Cross on Thursday said it would ship emergency supplies of
fuel to help alleviate the worsening energy crisis in Gaza, which is
hitting medical services hard. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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