The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will pay 8 million U.S. dollars though its Red Crescent in support of building four new schools in the Gaza Strip, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said Sunday. The UN agency said in a statement that the UAE will help alleviate the overcrowding in schools in Gaza, in which most students have to study based on a double-shift system. The construction will start within a few weeks and the schools will be built in nine months. When ready, 1,000 students will be accommodated in each school, according to the statement. The Gaza Strip has a population of 1.7 million, more than two- thirds of them are refugees receiving food assistance, healthcare and education from the UNRWA.