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Israeli Kids Return to School

Just under 1,300,000 pupils — about one-third of the entire population — returned to school today, at the end of the summer recess. There were far fewer than usual problems associated with the opening of the school year.

Only a handful of schools failed to open on time — as against dozens or even hundreds in previous years — mainly because of non-completion of building or repair work. In one or two schools parents kept their children back because of what they said were insufficient security measures taken at schools situated near bus depots or “problematic” streets.