"Palestinians" burn an effigy portraying U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest about America's first amednment rights in the "Palestinian" camp of Ain el-Hilweh near Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (Photo: AP)
Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world in the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, Sept.14, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh
Muslim child absue: A boy holds a toy gun during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
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Palestinians on Friday protested an anti-Muslim film, with thousands gathering in the Gaza Strip and hundreds in Jerusalem where there were clashes with Israeli police" Ahram Online
In Gaza, thousands of people rallied at demonstrations in Gaza City and the southern town of Rafah, a day after the ruling Hamas party urged citizens to turn out for protests after Friday prayers.
Protesters waved the flags of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements, and set fire to American flags, chanting "Death, death to America, death, death to Israel."
Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya, in a sermon during Friday prayers, repeated a call on Washington to apologise for the film, produced in the United States.
"The US administration should apologise to the Arab and Islamic nation for this offensive film and bring these criminals to justice," he said.
Haniya said the film was the result of "a Jewish-American-Crusader alliance to ignite a war on Islam and sectarian strife, particularly in Egypt."
The amateur production called "Innocence of Muslims," which was virtually unheard of before this week, has sparked violent protests across the Middle East.
The US ambassador to Libya and three other US personnel were killed during demonstrations linked to the film in the city of Benghazi, and four people were killed on Thursday when Yemeni police opened fire at a protest in Sanaa.
In Jerusalem, demonstrations were held after prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City.
The protests began peacefully with several hundred people demonstrating on the plaza that holds both the Al-Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, chanting, "With our blood and our soul, we will sacrifice for you our Prophet."
But clashes broke out between a part of the crowd and Israeli police as the demonstration moved out of the Old City, with security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades that injured at least five people, an AFP correspondent said.
"Israel police are dispersing rioters at Damascus Gate, rocks and stones are being thrown at them," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said demonstrators appeared to be trying to head to US diplomatic premises in east Jerusalem, with Israeli police, some on horseback, seeking to prevent the protest from moving.