Middle East

Fire kills 3 Gaza kids, sparks accusations over power crisis

  • Palestinian children look through a hole in a wall at a burned bedroom where three children were killed by candle sparked on their family house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian children look through a hole in a wall at a burned bedroom where three children were killed by candle sparked on their family house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of three children who were killed in a fire caused by a candle, during their funeral in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of three children who were killed in a fire caused by a candle, during their funeral in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian man chants angry slogans during the funeral of three children who were killed in a fire caused by candle in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May. 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis.  (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian man chants angry slogans during the funeral of three children who were killed in a fire caused by candle in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, May. 7, 2016. Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

Three Palestinian children have been killed in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis.

Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers are accusing the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority of imposing taxes on fuel for Gaza's lone power plant, worsening the crisis and raising the daily blackout to 18 hours. The authority rejects Hamas' accusations and says the militant group has prevented it from working in Gaza.

The incident also sparked rare local criticism of Hamas policies, with some Gaza residents accusing it of diverting its scarce electricity to its attack tunnel network against Israel instead.

Hamas organized Saturday's funerals for the children and its security services deployed police along the funeral procession's route to quell any disorder and outward protests.