Israel raids West Bank charity

Girls' school and medical centre in Nablus closed as part of crackdown on Hamas.

    A sports club and a girls' school were among the facilities shut by Israeli troops [AFP]

    "Now we need to look for an alternative place to educate these girls," Fidda Draikh, principal of the 160-student school, said.

    "We cannot leave them without a school."

    The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the Palestinian reports.

    'No Hamas ties'

    The shuttered medical centre has no ties to Hamas, Dr Hafez al-Sadr, the facility's director, said.

    He said though the unit has the same name as the charity, it is run by a different charitable organisation that was controlled by Hamas until the government President Mahmoud Abbas replaced its chief administrator last year.

    Though Israel is trying to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority (PA), troops also raided Nablus offices of the PA's ministry of religious affairs.

    Three weeks ago, Israel and Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza agreed to a truce.

    But citing confrontations between Israel and Hamas in the West Bank, Gaza fighters have already violated the agreement.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Major General SB Moyo addresses the nation after Zimbabwe's military seizes state TV, blocks off government offices.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Can Aamir Khan create lasting change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of a hero?