- Sister Nabila and two nuns huddled in a Gaza Catholic school compound, shocked by the sound of burst from Israel’s bombing.
- Zero students were in the kindergarten-grade 12 schools during the night-time attack.
Seven months ago, Sister Nabila and two nuns huddled in a Gaza Catholic school compound, shocked by the sound of burst from Israel’s bombing of what it said were Palestinian militant targets nearby.
Now she is looking ahead to some Christmas cheer in the Rosary Sisters’ school, where she works as principal. Holiday decorations are going up as repairs to the facility continue after last May’s 11-day Gaza war.
The burst outside the school perimeter was still powerful enough to cause the structure to lean 8 centimeters, Sister Nabila said. Engineers saved it from destroying and began fixing damaged classrooms.
Zero students were in the kindergarten-grade 12 schools during the night-time attack on what Israel described as tunnels in the neighborhood used by militants who fired rockets at its city.
“War will not stop us,” Sister Nabila said, who joined their students and mates in decorating a Christmas tree. “We want to have a Christmas atmosphere inside the school because this symbolizes to be together.”
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With less than 1,000 Christians in Gaza, where two million people stay, 95% of the 1,150 children are Muslim.
Sister Nabila said she would be “overcome with fear and horror” when she recalled the night of the bombing. She and two other nuns live in the school compound.
“I thought the entire school had collapsed,” she said. “I hope there will be zero wars because Gaza had enough – our children shouldn’t live through any more wars because they leave bad memories.”
Palestinian authorities said Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 250 people, while Israeli officials put the death toll in Israel from Gaza rocket salvoes at 13. The Hamas Islamist group, which has fought four wars with Israel since 2008, runs Gaza.
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