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Palestinian Workers Surround Parliament; Demand Welfare Payments

Several hundred out-of-work Palestinians surrounded the Gaza City building that houses the Palestinian Legislative Council on Tuesday and demanded welfare payments. The demonstrators waved empty plates to underscore their plight. A number of scuffles with police were also reported, including some rock-throwing. Next week’s opening of school is being threatened by a planned strike by the public workers’ union that will also interrupt service at hospitals.