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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Palestinian leader offers to cut fuel costs as protests continue (video)

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad agreed to cut fuel prices and salaries of top officials in an attempt to calm protests that have continued across the West Bank for six days over the rising cost of living.

But the head of the territory’s main transportation union rejected the offer and promised more protests, saying fuel is still far too expensive there.

"These decisions are unsatisfactory, and we will continue in our protests," Jawad Omran told Reuters.

Palestinians have taken to the streets in multiple cities in the territory this week after the price of fuel rose from six to eight shekels (approximately $1.50 to $2.00) per liter in the past two months, the AFP reported.

About 1,500 demonstrators gathered for a sit-in in front of Fayyad’s office Tuesday and demanded lower prices, while government employees demanded to be paid in full.


Palestinians demonstrate a against the high cost of living, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The sign in Arabic reads, "they are fighting us with a piece of bread." (Majdi Mohammed - Associated Press)

“Following the rally, the protesters took to the streets and marched to the center of Ramallah. They staged a partial strike and promised to picket the cabinet meeting in the de facto capital of Ramallah,” Haaretz reported.


Palestinians hold placards during a protest against the rising cost of living in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 11, 2012. (Mohamad Torokman - Reuters)

In Ramallah, videos showed empty streets because of a general strike by taxi drivers Monday.

“We are losing money every day, but we have to fight this injustice,” one demonstrator told al-Jazeera.

Protesters in Hebron also pelted a poster of Fayyad with shoes, calling for his resignation and holding signs that read, “It’s clear our government is betraying us,” Reuters reported.

Demonstrators also clashed with police in Hebron on Monday, but there were no injuries reported:

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