Twenty-seven students were killed during the recent Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people, Education Minister, Sadiq Al-Khadour, said yesterday.
"Twenty-two students in the Gaza Strip and five others in the West Bank were killed in May," Al-Khadour told reporters, adding that nearly 46 schools in Gaza were damaged, including "some belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)."
He pointed out that two education directorates in the northern and western parts of the occupied Strip were "completely damaged". "The Israeli aggression has presented a crushing blow to all the efforts that were made to reform the education system in Gaza, which had been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak," Al-Khadour said.
The Palestinian official noted that "several schools in Gaza have turned into shelters," explaining that the latter would "delay the return to schools."
"The ministry will announce a date for local schools' return in the coming days," Al-Khadour added.