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Dozens of protesters burn tires in Ramallah, Tulkarem

Sept. 8, 2012 9:14 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2012 8:28 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of protesters closed down several streets in Tulkarem and Ramallah on Saturday, a Ma'an correspondent said, as protests against rising living costs continue across the West Bank.

A main road in Tulkarem was blocked with rocks and burning tires and protesters in Ramallah closed off several streets in the city center.

PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told Ma'an that if the Palestinian street does not feel any immediate solutions to the financial crisis then the situation will escalate.

The Palestinian Authority must review the Paris Protocol, an economic agreement between the PLO and Israel, as well as trying to set up a security net to decrease prices and taxes, Abu Yousef added.

On Saturday, President Abbas reiterated that Israel and some Arab countries share the blame for the PA’s financial crisis.

The Palestinian Authority, he said, will not seek to stop the popular protests as long as they remain peaceful and do not harm public interests. However, he stressed that the government would not allow any attacks on public property.

Palestinians have taken to the streets this week in mass demonstrations against price rises and unemployment, and protesters in cities across the West Bank have called for PA Prime Minster Salam Fayyad's resignation.
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