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Palestinian Police Storm Government Building in Salary Dispute


Palestinian security officials say masked Palestinian police briefly stormed a government building in the Gaza Strip in anger over not receiving their salaries from the Hamas-led government.

Security officials say about 50 police officers sealed off the main road Saturday in the central Gaza town of Khan Younis. They say the masked police surrounded a municipal government building, taking positions on the roof and firing in the air.

The protest is seen as a sign of discontent with the new Hamas-led government, which took office late last month.

The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority has not been able to pay salaries to some 140,000 government employees since March.

Western nations have cut off aid to the Palestinian government, demanding that Hamas renounce violence and recognize Israel.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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