Palestinians protest against Hamas government

Hundreds of Palestinians staged strikes and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Saturday to demand payment of overdue salaries to government workers, in the first public signs of discontent with the Hamas-led Cabinet's handling of a growing financial crisis. The unrest occurred ahead of a late-night meeting in Gaza between Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah. "There are still many issues that are unresolved and need more discussion," Haniyeh told reporters following the meeting. He said senior officials would hold talks Sunday ahead of his meeting with Abbas.