World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel has shut down all of its 102 overseas missions and all diplomatic visits have been suspended amid a general strike by foreign ministry workers, Israel's foreign ministry has announced.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor made the announcement on Tuesday, two days after the action began.
The foreign ministry building in Jerusalem was completely closed, with a group of pickets blocking all entrances and exits from the building.
Israeli foreign ministry workers started a slowdown strike last summer, complaining of low wages and bad working conditions.
All arrangements relating to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's official visit to Israel in mid-March had to be made by Israeli prime ministry workers because of the action.
Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres described the general strike as being a "big concern" for the Israeli state