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GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Hundreds of Palestinian police officers took to the streets of Gaza City Saturday to protest the lack of paychecks, while dozens of Palestinians stormed a West Bank health clinic demanding vaccinations for their children, according to a witness and Palestinian security sources.

The cash-strapped Palestinian government, led by the Islamic militant movement Hamas, has been unable to pay police or other government workers for the past eight months.

Journalist Talal Abu-Rahmi told CNN he saw the police demonstrators shoot their guns into the air, throw stones and break into the parliament building in Gaza City. He said one Palestinian was injured in the protest.

Some of the protesters accused the Hamas government of paying their own special security force while not paying the police officers who were hired when the Fatah party was in charge of the Palestinian Authority.

In the West Bank town of Jenin, hundreds of Palestinian security workers also staged a protest against non-payment of their salaries, security sources said.

Also in the West Bank, Palestinians broke into a Hebron health clinic as they demanded their children be vaccinated, security sources said.

Journalist Talal Abu-Rahmi in Gaza City contributed to this report.



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