A number of banks in Nablus suspended work at 10 a.m. on Monday, protesting the P.A.’s decision to impose a new tax, the Ma’an News agency reported.Dozens of workers held a picket in front of the Arab Bank, in the city centre of Nablus, demanding the cancellation of the P.A. decision to levy a tax ranging from 3 to 30% on benefits of both civil servants and private sector employees.

The chief of Arab Bank employees union, Jamal al-Barq, said the union would consider future actions depending on the government’s response.