A moment of silence was held to mark killings of 24 women and girls in Israel this year
'Thousands of Israeli women have protested against domestic violence in a nationwide strike, calling for more action and state funding to deal with the problem.
The strike came after two girls were killed last week, bringing the number of women and girls murdered in Israel this year to 24, according to Israeli media reports.
Women were staying home from work and holding demonstrations in cities throughout Israel, some blocking roads.
Protesters observed a moment of silence to mark the 24 deaths this year.
“Bibi, wake up, our blood is not cheap,” protesters chanted near the entrance to Jerusalem, referring to the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The road had been smeared with red paint, symbolising the blood of victims.
Speaking on Sunday, Netanyahu mentioned a recent visit to a women’s shelter, following which he decided to head the governmental committee to combat domestic violence.
“We will convene the committee time after time,” he pledged, “to bring a better future and hope for these women.”'
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