Israel blocks school building in Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees has criticized Israel for impeding efforts to build schools in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

UNRWA says Israeli officials are blocking building materials needed for the construction of schools in the impoverished coastal strip.

UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hassan said on Saturday that his organization has been unable to provide schooling for some 40,000 Palestinian children.

“The Israeli authorities are hampering the construction of schools by UNRWA in the Gaza Strip by refusing to allow necessary construction materials into the enclave,” he said.

The spokesman added that UNRWA would continue urging Tel Aviv to allow construction materials into the densely-populated Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military launched a deadly air, sea, and land assault on the strip at the turn of 2009, killing at least 1,400 Palestinians. Most of the victims were women and children.

The conflict partially or entirely destroyed many school buildings, including ones operated by the United Nations. press tv