Fatah Closes Hamas Schools, Charities

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CBNNews.com - WEST BANK - The Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority (PA) government has served closure notices to two schools and two charities with suspected ties to Hamas, according to Palestinian human rights groups.

Some 700 students attend the two schools, located in Beit Ula and Beit Ummar, Arab villages near Hebron.

Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights group, said the schools received handwritten closure notices. According to al Haq, PA security forces confiscated three school busses, a van, computers and documentation.

The group said agents confiscated keys and locked up the Beit Ummar school.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, headquartered in the Gaza Strip, PA security forces broke into the two schools, which are run by the Islamic Charitable Association of Beit Ula and the Islamic Orphanage in Beit Ummar.

The group said PA agents seized equipment from the schools, the charities and from two print shops near Hebron.

Fadwa Shaer, a PA interior ministry employee dealing with non-governmental organizations, issued warnings to the school in Beit Ummar for funding violations.

According to Shaer, the PA has closed some 160 NGOs over the past year.

Earlier this year, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ordered the closure of several charities and a boarding school suspected of funneling money to Hamas.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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