West Bank Palestinians strike as Israeli sanctions bite

By REUTERS
December 19, 2012 14:12

 
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RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority government employees in the West Bank began a two-day general strike on Wednesday to protest against a delay in the payment of their wages because of Israeli economic sanctions.

Israel is withholding some $100 million in monthly customs revenues it collects on the Palestinians' behalf as punishment for their successful bid at the UN General Assembly last month to gain de-facto statehood recognition.

The Palestinian Authority and its 153,000 public sector workers have seen their salaries repeatedly issued late this year.

Around 50,000 workers took part in Wednesday's stoppage. West Bank security forces and staff in the Gaza Strip did not participate.

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