Back to school in Gaza

2012-11-24 16:00
A Palestinian school girl writes on the blackboard of a classroom, damaged during last week's Israeli offensive, at a school in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

A Palestinian school girl writes on the blackboard of a classroom, damaged during last week's Israeli offensive, at a school in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

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Gaza City - Tens of thousands of children are returning to school in the Gaza Strip after eight days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave.

Israel carried out about 1 500 airstrikes against Hamas-linked targets in Gaza, while militants fired about as many rockets into Israel.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that 156 Palestinians were killed, including 33 children and minors under 18.

Rockets from Gaza killed six Israelis. The group says most of more than 1 000 wounded Gazans were civilians. Dozens of Israelis were also hurt.

Gaza's schools reopened on Saturday. Adnan Abu Hassna, spokesperson for a UN aid agency, says tens of thousands of students at 245 UN-run schools spent the first day talking about their experiences during the fighting.

- SAPA
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