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Displaced children in Gaza use schools for shelter, not learning

Luay Qasim, a 12-year-old Palestinian, is among the many students displaced by the Israeli army's offensive in Gaza since October 7. Seeking shelter at a UN school in Khan Younis, he faces the challenge of securing basic necessities like water and food for his family. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has opened its schools to shelter around 700,000 victims of the conflict. The Israeli airstrikes have disrupted the academic year, with thousands of children killed, and the prospect of a normal return to school remains uncertain for Gaza's 47% child population.

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Luay Qasim, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, comes out of a classroom at a UN school in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, wearing tattered clothes, carrying an empty plastic bottle attempting to fill it with potable water.