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Palestinians observe general strike in Gaza in protest of US plan

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Palestinians today observed a general strike in the besieged Gaza Strip in protest of US President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan.

Life almost came to standstill in these areas as shops were shuttered down, government and financial institutions did not open to business and schools and universities suspended classes.

The strike was called for by the Higher Follow-up Committee of the National and Islamic Factions in Gaza in protest of the US plan designed to liquidate the Palestinian question.

This came less than a day after thousands of Palestinians rallied in front of the headquarters of the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, in Gaza city in protest of the plan.

Protesters burnt tires as well as pictures of Trump and Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu, and raised a banner reading: “Palestine is not for sale”.

Similar protests were reported elsewhere in the Strip yesterday, including in Rafah and Bureij refugee camp.

Meanwhile, a general strike was observed in the Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon in protest of the plan, which was unveiled yesterday.

Crowds of Palestinian refugees marched in Ein al-Hilweh and Beddawi refugee camps, shouting slogans decrying the plan as “a war waged against their inalienable national rights”, particularly their right to return to their hometowns from which their families were expelled during the founding of Israel in 1948.