Gallery: New school year starts in occupied West Bank and Gaza City

Tens of thousands of Palestinian children returned to United Nations-run schools on Wednesday after the summer holidays, though major US cuts have thrown their funding into jeopardy beyond next month. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said all 711 schools it runs for 526,000 pupils in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria would reopen in the next few days despite the $300 million US funding cut.
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A child walks in front of a mural painting depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on her way to a school run by United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.
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A pupil stands at the entrance of a school run by United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays. The sign on the wall reads in Arabic 'Balata school for girls, no entry allowed to those who have no official purpose.'
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Children return to school at an establishment run by United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.
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Pupils gather in front of a mural painting on their way to a school run by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.
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Pupils and teachers gather in front of a school run by United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.
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Pupils are driven to a school run by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.
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Pupils and their parents gather in front of a school run by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City on August 29, 2018, on the first day of classes after the summer holidays.