Two Thai employees were killed in a packaging plant in southern Israel on Tuesday, according to police, after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centres.
With the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers showing no signs of easing and peace talks stalled, Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories went on strike in a rare display of solidarity towards Israel’s policies.
Following a flare-up of communal violence in Israel and demonstrations across the occupied West Bank last week, the general strike and planned protests could exacerbate the conflict.
Since the fighting started last week, Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes it claims are aimed at Hamas’ militant infrastructure, while Palestinian militants have shot over 3,400 rockets from Gaza’s urban areas at Israeli civilian targets.
On Tuesday, Gaza launched its latest attack, which targeted a packaging plant in a bordering area. Aside from the two people killed, both in their 30s, Israel’s Magen David Adom rescue service said it transported another seven people to the hospital.