Iranians start anti-Israel rallies
Thousands of Shiite Muslims marched in the capitals of Iran and Iraq today to mark "Jerusalem Day," in an annual protest against Israeli rule over the holy city and show of support for the Palestinians.
Later on Friday, thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were to head to the perimeter fence with Israel to stage the latest in a series of mass protests against the blockade of their territory by Israel and Egypt.
Friday's protest was also being held to mark Jerusalem Day, instituted by Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Earlier on Friday, organizers urged Gaza residents to head to the perimeter fence with Israel after Muslim noon prayers. The call was issued through mosques and loudspeakers mounted on cars that toured Gaza neighborhoods, ABC news reported.
On Friday morning, Israeli army drones dropped incendiary materials on piles of old tires to make them unusable for the later protests, Gaza organizers said.
The Jerusalem Day protests are being held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The day is known in Arabic as "Al Quds Day," a reference to the city's historic Arabic name.