Anger continues to spread across the Muslim world over cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. In the Gaza Strip dozens of Palestinian youths gathered outside the European Union office vowing to take revenge. Riot police eventually dispersed the crowd. Elsewhere, two Palestinians were mistakenly kidnapped earlier by militants who had threatened to target foreigners in protest at the publications.
There was also a protest by schoolchildren in the southern Rafa refugee camp. One group produced a home made replica of a Danish flag which was set alight. The leaders of Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia have now added their voices to the condemnation of the cartoons. In Denmark meanwhile, the country where the row started, the prime minister has made a fresh effort to resolve the row. Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told Muslim ambassadors that he cannot apologise for the actions of a free and independent newspaper’ but he did make it clear that he is “enormously distressed” at any offence caused to the Muslim community.