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Al-Aqsa University students pay the price of Gaza-Ramallah bickering

Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip is affected by the political tension between the Education Ministries of Gaza and the West Bank, with the latter threatening to invalidate the university’s degrees.
A Palestinian man walks past a closed gate of al-Aqsa University in Gaza April 15, 2008. Two major Gaza universities suspended classes on Tuesday, saying a fuel crisis in the Hamas-controlled territory was making it difficult for students to travel to school. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA) - RTR1ZI9K
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Aug. 9, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Ramallah announced its official withdrawal of accreditation from Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip. The ministry issued a statement the following day appointing the current chairman of the board of trustees as chairman of the university.

This decision to invalidate new degrees sparked the concern of high school students from Gaza who want to enroll in the university and reflected the deep division that prevails between the Gaza and Ramallah ministries of education. 

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