8 Gazan students lose Fulbrights

From Times Wire Reports

The State Department has withdrawn Fulbright scholarships from eight Palestinian students from the Gaza Strip because Israel will not grant them exit visas, a spokesman said. The eight won the prestigious grants for education at U.S. universities and remain eligible, the spokesman said.

Israel has sealed off Gaza to protect bordering Israeli towns and punish Hamas, which controls the strip.

The decision to withdraw the scholarships was first reported by the New York Times.