According to media reports, the educators, who had scheduled interviews with Qatar's education council in Amman, left Gaza on Tuesday in two buses decorated with banners praising Qatar and its Emir. They were turned back by authorities last night.
Qatar’s top diplomat has denied reports it has expelled Khaled Meshaal, even as the country faces pressure to decrease support of political Islamic groups Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to improve relations with other Arab states.
Speaking about their adventure, a team of local youth said they were unified in one goal - reaching the summit. No obstacle, including frostbite, dehydration or questions about gender norms could hold them back, they added.
Describing injuries, arduous overnight climbs and oxygen deprivation, one of the six women in the group said the team overcame "mental, physical and emotional struggles" to climb the 5,895 meters to the summit.
The proceeds of the event, which will include cultural shows, musical performances and art exhibitions, will go toward Palestinians in Gaza, where thousands have been killed in Israel's latest bombing campaign.