Commercial activities in cities ceased, along with a complete shutdown of schools and universities, while transportation between Palestinian cities and villages also came to a halt.
The strike even affected bakeries, which closed their doors in compliance with calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Some users of social media platforms have been calling for days under the hashtag “Strike for Gaza” a global comprehensive strike demanding an end to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.
Wassel Abu Youssef, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Xinhua that the strike sends a message to the international community, urging a boycott of Israel and demanding accountability for displacing and committing crimes against Gaza’s children, women, and elderly.
Israel has been conducting a wide-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the latter’s surprise attack in southern Israel on Oct. 7 that killed about 1,200. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 18,000 Palestinians in the coastal enclave.