06.28.1312:40 PM ET

In Gaza, Keeping the Girls From the Boys

Hamas has insisted that classrooms change.

A new law in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has mandated gender-segregated schools for children older than 9. Public schools in the area were already segregated, but the new law will require the segregation of Muslim and Christian private schools and United Nations schools. The law is part of a broader push from the conservative Islamic group to implement stricter rules for women in the public sphere; the group also recently proposed implementing Sharia. Such a move would likely worsen tensions with Fatah, the Hamas rival that rules the Palestinian National Authority.