US Embassy in Sanaa Pelted with Garbage in Anti-US Demo
Thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday against the wave of Israeli killings in the Palestinian territories, pelting the US embassy with garbage and burning Israel's flag.
"No negotiations, no normalisation" with the Jewish state, chanted the protesters, most of them students.
The demonstrators, in a rally organised by Islamist opposition leaders, marched through the streets of Sanaa waving Palestinian flags and posters of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.
Mohammad Qahtan, one of the organisers, estimated the size of the demonstration at 100,000 people.
A policeman was injured by stones thrown by the crowd and a Yemeni photographer was briefly arrested by police, witnesses said.
"There is no option left but jihad (Muslim holy war)" and "Open the borders to fight the Jews," banners read.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for arms and combatants to be sent to help the Palestinians fight Israel and for Arab states to open their borders.
In front of the US embassy, which, like several other American embassies in the Middle East has been temporarily closed in fear of violent protests, the demonstrators chanted: "Death to the enemies of religion! Death to Israel!"
A police cordon blocked access to the embassy complex, which was still pelted with garbage.
Anti-Israeli protesters also came out in force in Egypt, where up to 7,000 high school students marched in the streets of suburban Cairo without incident.
Another thousand university students also demonstrated at Al-Azhar University, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, to voice support for Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group that Saturday took hostage three Israeli soldiers.
In Jordan, riot police blocked hundreds of university students, most of them Islamists, who tried to march on the Israeli embassy, arresting about a dozen of them.
The Jordanian government banned anti-Israeli demonstrations on Friday after one protester was killed in clashes with police. The government said there had been "acts of sabotage" within the ranks of protesters.
More than 4,000 people marched through the streets of Baghdad for two hours, in protest against the "Israeli massacres."
Among the marchers was Abdel Ghani Abdel Ghafur, a top official of the ruling Baath party.
After more than a week of clashes with Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories as well as Israel itself, more than 90 people have been killed, almost all Arabs -- SANAA (AFP)
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