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Hamas-Fatah squabble puts future of 25,000 Gazan students at risk

As the Hamas-Fatah dispute over the chairmanship of Al-Aqsa University continues, the Education Ministry is threatening to revoke the school's accreditation.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Fatah-Hamas dispute over the chairmanship of Al-Aqsa University has raised major concerns among students. In a statement issued Sept 7, the Education Ministry threatened to revoke the university’s accreditation if the board of trustees does not agree on appointing a consensus chairman within a week of the issuance of the statement.

The situation escalated after the resignation of former chairman Ali Abu Zuhri in early August, when Hamas appointed Mohammed Radwan as acting chairman of the university without input from the ministry.

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