Thousands of Palestinian United Nations workers demonstrate against measures the organization has taken to overcome an acute financial crisis in Gaza City, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
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A strike by teachers and personnel in Gaza kept more than 200,000 children from returning to school for the new term Monday, as the U.N. agency that employs them struggles financially.The union for UNRWA staff in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory hit hard by three wars in six years, an Israeli blockade and economic crisis, called for the protest with some employees at risk of losing jobs because of a lack of financing.Out of a population of 1.8 million in Gaza, 1.26 million are refugees, according to U.N. figures. UNRWA oversees education for most children – some 225,000 in 245 schools.Dozens of schools were damaged by last summer's war between Palestinian militants and Israel.In Gaza, beyond death sentences handed out by courts, Hamas has also carried out summary executions, sometimes in public places, for collaborating with Israel.
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