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Israelis stage cost-of-living demo

Israelis have begun gathering in the country's three largest cities for what protesters predict will be the largest of months of demonstrations against the rising cost of living.

Demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa mark the climax of a summer-long grassroots protest movement.

The protests have ballooned from a few tents in Tel Aviv to a nationwide phenomenon and have delivered the government its most serious domestic crisis.

The protests initially targeted soaring housing prices, but quickly evolved into a sweeping expression of rage against a wide array of economic issues, including the cost of food, gasoline and education.

The movement has tapped into a wider sense of frustration over an eroding middle class and growing gaps between rich and poor.

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