CAIRO: A fire broke out in diesel stores and factories in the industrial zone of Shuja’iyya district east of Gaza, eye-witnesses told The Cairo Post Saturday.
Palestinian civil protection officials said that it would take them at least five hours to put out the blaze.
The fire coincides with an exchange of missiles and violence between Israel and the Palestinian militants of Hamas that, according to Reuters, have claimed the lives of over 150 Palestinians so far.
Two people were killed and others injured Saturday by Israeli strikes on the el-Sheikh Radwan district in Gaza, BBC Arabic reported.
Increased attacks on Gaza began early July when Israel accused Hamas of kidnapping and killing three Israeli students whose corpses were found last Monday. However, Hamas denied any role in carrying out the killing but Israel responded with a bombing campaign in Gaza, and the local Hamas government has retaliated with rocket fire into Israel.
On Wednesday, Israeli authorities found the body of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khodeir, in what is widely assumed to be a revenge killing for the murder the three Israelis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that his country has attacked more than 1,000 targets during a four-day-old offensive against Gaza and that “there are still more to go,” Reuters reported.
Additional reporting by Rym M. El-Sheikh