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In south Lebanon, schools resume classes as displaced shelter inside

Hezbollah steps in as municipalities struggle to respond to the growing number of displaced.
School Lebanon

TYRE, Lebanon — Schools are back in session in Lebanon's southern city of Tyre after a long holiday. This year, however, students are being joined by dozens of families displaced by the fighting along Lebanon's border with Israel.

Clotheslines line the courtyard at the Lebanese Technical School in Tyre. Between classes, students mingle underneath the freshly washed garments, next to displaced families who have been living in the school compound for months.

Israa, a 17-year-old student, told Al-Monitor that she is getting used to sharing the school corridors with the families. “We feel for the displaced,” she said.

The technical school is one of five schools in Tyre that have been converted into shelters and now house nearly 1,000 displaced persons. Mortada Mhanna, head of the city’s Disaster Management Unit, told Al-Monitor that all of the shelters are at full capacity.

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