An estimated 50,000 people in Alexandria, Egypt and thousands in more than a dozen Middle Eastern cities have taken to the streets protesting against Israel.

Following Friday prayers, thousands from more than a dozen Middle Eastern cities rallied against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Libyan president, Moammar Gadhafi has called out for Arab countries to allow their citizens to fight the Israelis in Gaza, the strongest push by an Arab leader since Israel began its operation against the militant Palestinian group Hamas two weeks ago.

Protesters in the Egyptian port city, Alexandria, berated Egypt for not opening its border with Gaza.

The Egyptian government has allowed entry to a few wounded Palestinians to enter the country but has resisted demands allowing more than 1.4 million citizens Palestinian citizens to enter.

The Egyptian president has come under criticism for not opening the country's border to Gaza.