UNESCO calls for an immediate halt to Israel’s attacks on Gaza schools
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) expressed grave concern about the impact of the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip, committed against students and professionals working in the education sector.
According to what was published by the Palestinian News Agency, Wafa, UNESCO called for the protection of educational buildings, which are often turned into shelters for residents, and said that targeting them contradicts international law.
She pointed out that the continued aggression of the occupation against the Gaza Strip since the seventh of this month of October is resulting in a serious humanitarian crisis. It affects all aspects of civic life, especially education.
She indicated that the education sector in Gaza includes more than 625,000 students and 22,000 teachers, and they are suffering today from a very fragile situation.
UNESCO recalled Resolution 2601 of 2021 issued by the UN Security Council, which strongly condemns the continued attacks and threats of attacks on schools and civilians associated with schools, including children and teachers, and urges all parties to armed conflicts to immediately cease such attacks and threats of attacks, and to refrain from acts Which hinders access to education.
The number of UNRWA schools in Gaza is 183, and at the beginning of the current academic year it began providing service to approximately 300,000 students.