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Palestinian taxi driver tried to burn his car: report
Palestinian taxi driver tried to burn his car: report

A Palestinian citizen from al-Khalil tries to burn his vehicle protesting price rises.

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A taxi driver tried on Thursday to burn his car in Ibn Rushd square in city of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank in protest at high cost of living, which Ramallah government was responsible for, reported on the Palestinian Information Center. 

According to activists from "youth against high cost of living" group, the citizen Harbi Abu Sneineh, in his forties, tried to burn his car at Ibn Rushd Square in the center of al-Khalil city, within the framework of the recent protests launched by citizens and taxi drivers against the price hikes.

The activists added that the citizens intervened and managed to prevent Abu Sneineh from setting fire to his vehicle.

The West Bank has been recently witnessing a series of mass protests to protest against the economic policy of Salam Fayyad's government and demand PM's resignation and reduction of the price hikes.


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Thursday announced he would resign if that was the will of the people, amid growing protests across the West Bank over the rising cost of living.

Palestinians have taken to the streets for three days in mass demonstrations against price rises and unemployment, and protesters in cities across the West Bank have called for Fayyad's resignation. In Hebron on Tuesday, protesters burned an effigy of the premier.

Fayyad told Voice of Palestine radio that replacing figures in the government was not the solution to the financial crisis, but that a new economic strategy was needed.

The premier said he could not set a date for paying government workers their August salaries because the Palestinian Authority was waiting on donor funds to arrive.


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