RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Thousands of Palestinian civil servants went on strike Saturday to protest the Hamas-led government's failure to pay wages for nearly six months.
Most government offices were shut down and the first day of the school year was severely disrupted on the West Bank, the BBC reported.
On the West Bank, few people went to work in government ministries and many doctors said they were only dealing with absolute emergencies.
An economic embargo on Hamas is being blamed for the government's inability to pay the salaries.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniya urged workers to boycott the strike. The BBC said the strike is a key test for the Hamas-controlled administration.