It’s been forty days since the Israeli army started targeting different installations in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killings of more than 10,000 Palestinians including 4,000 children. In the past month, many universities, mosques, and schools have been destroyed, and many children were taking refuge from the continued bombing.
Among the destroyed buildings is the historic university of Gaza, the Islamic University of Gaza, Also identified as IUG and IU Gaza, this autonomous Palestinian academic institution was founded in 1978 in Gaza City. It stands as the inaugural higher education establishment in the Gaza Strip, housing eleven faculties empowered to confer degrees such as BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MD, PhD, diplomas, and advanced diplomas. Additionally, it hosts twenty research centers and institutes, along with the associated Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital.
The Islamic University of Gaza holds membership in twelve regional and international higher education associations and networks, including the International Association of Universities (IAU), Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), Association of Arab Universities (AARU), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Academic Network (BSEMAN), and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi).
The morning of November 4th saw an Israeli airstrike hitting the al-Fakhoora school managed by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in the Jabalia refugee camp. This strike resulted in the death of a minimum of 15 individuals and left 54 others injured, as reported by the Palestinian health ministry. Later the whole refugee camp was levelled up.