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At least 15 killed after refugee camp hit: Gaza official

BEIRUT (AP) – An Israeli strike hit a residential building in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, Gaza’s Civil Defense spokesperson said.

Speaking to Qatar’s Al Jazeera television, Mahmoud Bassal said it has been difficult for civil defense vehicles and first responders to arrive to clear the rubble. Residents said dozens of people were trapped under the rubble.

The strike created a large crater and severely damaged the buildings around it.

A survivor speaking to the television network compared it to an earthquake.

Bassal said Gaza Civil Defense paramedics and first-responders are struggling because of crippled infrastructure and fuel shortages. He said they have relied on donations of fuel by individual Palestinians from their personal supplies.

Israel has banned the transport of fuel into Gaza.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show people check buildings destroyed in a strike on the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza. PHOTO: AFP