Among the rubble left by Israel’s onslaught, the children of Gaza have resumed their studies.
Conditions couldn’t be more basic for one group of youngsters attending lessons in Rafah. They are now forced to do their learning under canvas on the site where their classrooms once stood. For the first time since Israel launched its three-week long offensive against Hamas rocket fire, United Nations-run schools in the territory reopened today. Some of those attending lessons have lost their homes and loved ones. And, while the fighting is now over, many young minds are still filled with the sights and sounds of war. Sitting behind her desk at a school in Gaza City, one 6-year-old girl spoke of the suffocating smell from phosphorus shells and how her parents had difficulty breathing. Claims it used white phosphorus illegally are being investigated by the Israeli army. The UN says more than 400 children were among 1,300 Palestinians killed 1n the conflict. Some 13 Israelis died. Many Gazans sought refuge in UN schools. But not every such building was spared Israeli fire power. In one incident some 40 Palestinian civilians died.