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UN warns of high trend of attacks on schools in Gaza

United Nations, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Israel's offensive in Gaza maintains a high trend of attacks against school facilities according to a recent report supported by the UN and released here today.

The text of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the NGOs Education Cluster and Save The Children, recorded direct attacks on 212 schools in the enclave since hostilities broke out on October 7.

Satellite images released with the report warn that at least 53 were completely destroyed and show an increase of almost nine percent in attacks on school facilities since mid-February.

The attacks worsen the already terrible humanitarian situation in Gaza amid intense Israeli bombing from air, land and sea in much of the Gaza Strip, he further acknowledges.

More than half of the school premises managed by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) were also targeted, along with government buildings affected by bombing or during ground operations by the Tel Aviv Defense Forces.

“There has been no education in Gaza for almost six months,” the Agency, considered the main humanitarian actor on the ground, warned after the publication.

According to the report, 165 of the school facilities attacked throughout the Strip were in areas designated for evacuation by the Israeli army.

Like the entry of humanitarian aid, the main impacts occur in the north with 94 centers in the Gaza governorate and 42 in North Gaza.

Another 62 schools were directly attacked in the Khan Yunis governorate in the south and 14 in the middle zone.

The UN estimates that more than 625 thousand students and 22 thousand teachers attended educational centers before October 7.

However, the outcome of the offensive suggests that after the conflict, at least 67 percent of schools in Gaza will need complete reconstruction or major rehabilitation work to become operational again.

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