CBNNews.com - For the second time in recent months, fighting erupted between students affiliated with rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, at the Islamic University in Hebron. Classes were suspended until further notice.
According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, numbers of students were injured and university equipment and furniture damaged during the rioting.
The latest round of fighting began after Hamas-affiliated students passed out fliers accusing Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of arresting four of their friends.
Students belonging to the "Islamic List," a Hamas-affiliated group, blamed Fatah-affiliated students for starting the fights.
"They have been provoking our supporters on campus for a long time. Members of the Islamic List were only trying to stage a peaceful protest against the arrest of their colleagues," said an unnamed source.
But the university accused Hamas students of distributing "inflammatory" material and hanging posters around the campus denouncing Abbas and the PA.
The school administration and the Fatah-affiliated student body called for Palestinian Authority security forces to quell the fighting, which exacerbated the situation rather than restoring calm.
The PA-appointed governor of Hebron, Hussein al-A'raj, told PA security forces to stay away from the Islamic University's campus to avoid further escalation.
Meanwhile, last week, similar fighting between Hamas- and Fatah-affiliated students took place at al-Azhar University in Gaza City, suspending classes there as well.
Source: The Jerusalem Post