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Dozens reported killed in Gaza refugee camp blast

                                        Dozens reported killed in Gaza refugee camp blast


Dozens reported killed in Gaza refugee camp blast

                                        Dozens reported killed in Gaza refugee camp blast

               Jabalia is a tightly packed warren of narrow streets


I know Jabalia well, having visited the camp in 1980 and many times since.


The largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps, it's a tightly packed warren of narrow streets and breezeblock buildings.


Before the war, its 116,000 residents lived in just 1.4 sq km.


Its busy streets are a far cry from the tents that Palestinians first lived in when they fled or were driven from their homes after Israel’s creation in 1948.


It’s been hit repeatedly since Israel’s bombing campaign began on 7 October. The IDF has yet to comment on what's happened today.


It's not clear how many people have fled in the last few weeks, but today's pictures of hundreds of residents searching in the rubble for bodies suggest that many remain.


I was in touch with Asmaa, a young aspiring journalist, until a week ago. She said she and her family had decided not to obey Israel’s instructions for the population to move south.


"It’s dangerous all over the Gaza Strip," she messaged me. "There's no point moving."


A week ago, Asmaa stopped replying to my messages.


Source: BBC

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