Palestinians flee with their belongings from the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City to the center of town to seek refugee at a UN school, on August 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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GAZA CITY, Palestine: Eight-year-old Malak is scared. With no end in sight to the six-week war between Israel and Hamas, she doesn't want to go back to school.The conflict has left much of Gaza in ruins, with at least 230 schools damaged by airstrikes or tank shelling – 140 government schools and 90 U.N.-run schools, according to U.N. figures correct as of Aug. 15 .Ordinarily, the new school year in Gaza should begin on Aug. 24, but authorities have said that term will not resume until at least two weeks into a durable cease-fire.The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) teaches 238,000 children at 246 schools across Gaza.A solution also needs to be found for around 100,000 Gazans whose homes have been destroyed and are currently staying at the schools.
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