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Palestinians Launch Protest Strike

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Palestinians observed a nearly total strike Monday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

All activities were suspended for 24 hours. Most Arab day laborers did not show up at their jobs in Israel.

The latest general strike was ordered in Communique No. 21 circulated in the territories by the underground leadership of the Palestinian uprising.

It was called in “solidarity with Arab detainees in the Ketziot detention camp,” where hundreds under administrative arrest are believed to be incarcerated.

Several clashes were reported between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces during the day. A young Palestinian from the Ein Beit Elma refugee camp, near Nablus, died Monday of wounds sustained in a clash with Israeli soldiers last week.

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