Tuesday March 16, 2010
Dozens of Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police in East Jerusalem on a "day of rage" declared by Hamas.
The Palestinians hurled stones at police and set tyres ablaze while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Sky's Middle East correspondent Dominic Waghorn said: "Skirmishes are coming and going, it's a game of cat and mouse between the protesters and Israeli border police."
Medical officials said around 40 Palestinians suffered minor injuries.
The violence erupted as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
"With our blood, with our souls, we sacrifice for you, Jerusalem, martyrs by the millions, onwards to Jerusalem," the crowds shouted as they marched.
Hamas called for the day of protests after Israel reopened a 17th Century synagogue near the al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.
The compound, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, has been the site of Israeli-Palestinian violence for decades and was the epicentre of the 2000 Palestinian intifada.