Deposed Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas announced Thursday his government is exempting thousands of students from school fees, the latest step in a Palestinian power struggle.
Haniyeh was addressing hundreds of teachers two days before the new school year begins.
Following Hamas's violent takeover of Gaza in June, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas fired the Hamas-led government and installed a West Bank-based Cabinet of moderates led by Prime Minister Salaam Fayad. But Haniyeh's government continues to control Gaza and is vying for support with Abbas's Fatah. The fee exemption is part of the power struggle between the two.
The Fayad government announced earlier it was exempting students from paying tuition.