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West Bank Palestinians protest at cost of living

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West Bank Palestinians protest at cost of living

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West Bank Palestinians showed their anger at price rises and a worsening economy on Monday when crowds threw shoes at a poster of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and chanted, “down with President Mahmoud Abbas”.

The worst clashes between protestors and police were in Hebron, where a police station was attacked, but there were also protests in Nablus, Bethlehem, and Ramallah. Stones were thrown and in Ramallah burning tyres blocked the main roads into the city.

In Hebron several thousand people were involved and police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowds. Several people were injured.

The city governor blamed a “lawless minority” for the unrest, but with a public transport strike taking place at the same time all over the West Bank to demand cheaper fuel, the rise in the cost of living is making many impatient with the governing Palestinian Authority, which is struggling to pay civil servants’ wages.