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Hamdan offers to reconstruct three UNRWA schools shelled by Israel

Jan 9, 2009 - 12:44 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, 8th Jan. 2009 (WAM) -- Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan has pledged to rebuild three UNRWA schools bombed on Tuesday.

UNRWA school, Fakhura at Jabaliya camp North of Gaza, on Tuesday, came under heavy shelling killing tens of children and civilians who took refuge in the school.

Sheikh Hamdan stressed the need for channelling assistance for rehabilitation of vital utilities and services especially in health and educational sectors to enable them deliver necessary services.

Sheikh Hamdan also called for maintaining and rebuilding schools and other NGOs which were devastated by the war machine, continued acts of violence and destruction in Gaza.

The UAE senior minister has also directed the RCA to coordinate efforts with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to put in place arrangements needed for rebuilding the devastated schools.

Sheikh Hamdan also appealed to all forces of the community - individuals and companies - to offer donations through the nation-wide Palestine aid telethon tomorrow.

According to him, there is a need for rebuilding damaged health and educational facilities in Gaza Strip, mitigating losses and containing the consequences of the humanitarian situation in Gaza after Israel struck civilians who took sanctuary in UN schools.