Haniyeh caught in wages protest

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Civil servants in Gaza have vented their fury over unpaid wages against Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The Hamas leader was forced to cancel a speech to parliament in Gaza after a crowd surrounded his car as it approached the building. The protest was joined by members of the opposition Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Scuffles broke out after bodyguards fired warning shots in the air. A US and EU aid embargo over Hamas’s refusal to recognise Israel has prevented the government from paying salaries since March. Economic hardship has, as a consequence, fuelled internal tensions in the Palestinian Territories.