Dozens of workers were injured in Khan Younis, on Sunday afternoon, during clashes which erupted between them and P.A security men during a protest conducted by the workers in protest to their bad economic situation.

Hundreds of workers, along with their families, protested in Khan Younis demanding the Palestinian Authority to provide them with work in order to support their families, and demanded the P.A to exempt their children from school fees.

The workers closed Salah Ed-Deen Street, and several roads in the area, installed a tent in front of the Governor’s office and barred the employees from entering or leaving it.   

National Security forces fired rounds of live ammunition in the air, called additional forces and police men and leveled the protest tent, which caused scuffle between them and the protestors; Palestinian security men clubbed several protestors; minor injuries were reported.

The procession took off from Khan Younis Castle area, marched through the main street until arriving at the governorate building; the residents slogans against corruption.

Abdul-Samee’ Al Najjar, head of the Independent Workers Committees said that the residents will resume their protest, in spite of the attack carried out against them by the P.A security men, until achieving their legitimate demands, and accused the P.A of not aiding the unemployed residents. 

“The P.A should have provided the unemployed residents with job opportunities, instead of increasing the salaries of security men”, Al Najjar said, “This act caused tension among the people, especially among the workers who are not able to feed their families”.

Mohammad Abu Hajjaj, head of the Islamic Workers Bloc in Khan Younis, appealed the Arabic and International countries to aid the Palestinian workers in order to be able to feed their families and lead a decent life.

Abu Hajjaj slammed attacking the workers during the protest and said that they will continue their protests and public activities until achieving their legitimate rights.

“There are hundreds of families who do not have money to buy books and school stationary for their children”, Abu Hajjaj said, “Their economical conditions are sharply deteriorating”.