An Israeli airstrike hits a building in Gaza City on Monday. (AP/PTI)
GAZA CITY :
A STRIKE launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said, hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centres. With the war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers showing no sign of abating and truce efforts apparently stalled, Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories went on strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies. Violence erupted at one protest on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Hundreds of Palestinians burned tires and hurled stones toward an Israeli military checkpoint. Troops fired tear gas canisters at the crowd and protesters picked up some of them and threw them back. One protester was killed and 46 others wounded — including 16 by live fire — in clashes with Israeli troops, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The Israeli Army said two soldiers were wounded by gunshots to the leg. The general strike was an uncommon show of unity among Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 20% of its population, and those in the territories Israel seized in 1967 that the Palestinians have long sought for a future state.