Gaza periphery schools still unprotected

The school year is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks and children of Sderot and Gaza periphery towns still do not have adequate protection from Kassam rockets. The government and the High Court have yet to resolve a rift caused by a disagreement over potential fortifications to schools demanded by parents, teachers and municipal leaders who have threatened not to let the pupils go to classes. Over a thousand students from the area have already left their schools to escape the constant threat of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Despite a High Court order to fortify all classrooms in Sderot and the Gaza Strip periphery from grades four to the end of high school, the government has still not handed over the funding for the extra fortifications to the Home Front Command. DAN IZENBERG contributed to this report.