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


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