Monday, 12 January 2015

4 Gaza ministries go on strike over unpaid wages

Civil servants at four ministries in the Gaza Strip went on strike Monday in protest over unpaid salaries, a local union said.

The head of Gaza's public employees union, Muhammad Siyam, told Ma'an that all civil servants were encouraged to join a sit-in protest in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City on Tuesday.

Employees at the labor, justice, women's affairs, and public work ministries have not received their monthly wages for nearly 12 months, he added. more

Egypt cancels decision to open Rafah crossing

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities on Monday canceled a decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for three days this week, a Palestinian official said.

Director of Gaza crossings, Maher Abu Sabha, told Ma'an that Egypt made the decision following the kidnapping of a security officer in the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid.

"Unfortunately the suffering of tens of thousands of Gazans, including patients, students, visa holders and stranded wives, will continue," he said.

Abu Sabha condemned the kidnapping and said that such actions directly harm Palestinians in Gaza.

Rafah is the principle connection between Palestinians in Gaza and the outside world, and its regular closure is part of the jointly-enforced Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the tiny territory. more