Two-thirds of UNRWA schools in Gaza have been hit by IDF: agency chief

453 attacks impacting UNRWA premises and the people inside them have been reported since the conflict began, says the agency

524 people sheltering in UN facilities have been killed, finds UNRWA (photo: IANS)
524 people sheltering in UN facilities have been killed, finds UNRWA (photo: IANS)


The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has said that since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict began, two-thirds of its schools in Gaza have been hit, some bombed out, and many severely damaged by the IDF.

Schools have gone from safe places of education and hope for children to overcrowded shelters, often ending up a place of death and misery, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said on Wednesday, 10 July on social media platform X.

"Nine months in, under our watch, the relentless, endless killings, destruction, and despair continue. Gaza is no place for children," Lazzarini added, noting that four schools were hit in the last four days, Xinhua news agency reported.

Israel has been waging a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against a Hamas rampage through the southern Israeli border on October 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and more than 200 were taken hostage.

During the past 24 hours, the Israeli military has killed 52 people and wounded 208 others, bringing the total death toll to 38,295 and injuries to 88,241 since the conflict broke out, the Gaza-based health authorities said in a statement on Wednesday.

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