Renovation works kicked off at a bullet-riddled school in Ain al-Hilweh. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Schools in Ain al-Hilweh affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency will be reconstructed, following damage suffered in engagements between the Palestinian camp's Fatah and Islamist groups.Fatah and Islamist groups have been involved in a slew of sporadic engagements and assassinations in recent months, which degenerated into open conflict in August.Schools used as bases to house fighters were severely damaged as a result, sparking fears among parents that the school year could be delayed. Reconstruction efforts will coincide with the first week of the trimester and may take up to a month and a half to complete.The group has contacted different factions within the camp, including the Muslim Youth Gathering, in an effort to establish consensus. Asbat al-Ansar, another militant group, is keen on the success of such an initiative, after it was nearly dragged into open conflict with Fatah.
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