Palestine strike may spread to fuel workers

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Palestinian pubic-sector strikers may be joined by employees of the Petroleum Authority if their demands aren't met.

The workers have been on strike for 36 days already due to non-payment of wages by the ruling Hamas party since they came to power in March - when many foreign donors cut links to the authority.

This would be an escalation of the dispute which has already led to violent clashes with the Hamas-led government, and may lead to paralysis of local fuel supplies.

The strike has been associated with members of the Fatah party, although it is unclear to what extent the action is linked to them politically, and the affects of the wage non-payments have been very severe.

See our previous coverage of the strike before it began, and as it started here.