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Palestinian parliament building on fire: witnesses

May 8, 2006

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – A fire broke out in the
Palestinian parliament on Monday and workers evacuated the
four-storey building, witnesses said.

“It seems there was a huge electrical spark that ignited
the fire. Nobody was hurt, although some employees had
difficulty breathing,” said Abdel-Qaher Srour, a parliamentary
official.

Black smoke briefly poured out of the top floor of the
building in the West Bank city of Ramallah as workers left the
complex.

Fire crews arrived on the scene, and within minutes the
smoke had stopped. Several windows of the building were broken.

“There was fire in the electrical box on the first floor.
The fire raced up the power lines to the fourth floor. The
electricity went out and we evacuated the building,”
Parliamentary Speaker Aziz Dweik said.

“We demand an investigation because if this was not an
accident, it is a very dangerous incident.”

The Islamic militant group Hamas, winner of the January
Palestinian parliamentary election, has a majority in the
legislature.

Parliament was not in session when the fire began, although
several committees were meeting.


Source: reuters