Palestinian gunmen broke on Saturday into the offices of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, protesting against the delay in the payment of their March salaries.

About 50 gunmen, all members of the Palestinian security forces, broke into the building and occupied its offices in Salah Ed Deen Road.

They accused the Hamas-led Palestinian government of paying salaries for its members “while the rest of Palestinians have to suffer unemployment and poverty”.  

In a separate incident, dozens of residents closed the main junction at Bani Suhaila in Khan Younis and prevented cars from passing through.

The residents said that this was a protest against the deterioration of the economic and political situation and threatened to escalate their steps if the problem of payment of salaries is not solved.