The new school year will be delayed indefinitely in Gaza, as more than 380,000 Palestinians remain displaced.
Shujayea, Gaza City – Ahmed al-Arqan, 54, sits under the roof of what used to be his family’s home: The three-story house, where he and his five brothers lived with their families in the eastern Shujayea neighbourhood of Gaza City, was almost entirely destroyed by an Israeli missile shot from an F16 warplane.
A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.
“Teachers and students need at least three weeks before returning to school,” al-Arqan told Al Jazeera. “The authorities should also remove some parts of the curriculum to make it lighter for the children.”
Amid a renewed cycle of escalating tensions and violence, Israel launched a military offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014.
On the 13th day of the assault on Gaza, Israel intensified its campaign with a ground offensive. The densely populated district of Shujayea in Gaza City came under intense bombardment
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At least 17 killed and 200 injured in Shujayea, an area Israel said was not included in four-hour humanitarian window.
At least 17 Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded in the bombardment of an area of Shujayea during a “humanitarian pause” unilaterally announced by Israel.
The attack came on the outskirts of the Shujayea, between Gaza City and the Israeli border, shortly after the Israeli army said it was observing a limited, four-hour Wednesday ceasefire from midday GMT, or 3pm local time.