Thousands protest Charlie Hebdo cartoons in the Middle East

Clashes erupted between thousands of anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and security forces in Amman after noon prayers in Turkey and Iran. Police used batons to disperse the crowds. Several activists were arrested for trying to march towards the French embassy to protest against the publication of what they consider to be an offensive cartoon of Prophet Mohammad by the French magazine.

About 2,000 people chanted slogans against Charlie Hebdo as well as the Jordanian regime for taking part in the Paris unity march last week. The protest was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest and most organised opposition party in Jordan.

In Istanbul, demonstrators held prayers for Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two gunmen who attacked the French publication, killing 12 people. Some protesters held a poster showing the late al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and shouted "God is great!".

In Iran, the Leader of Tehran's Friday Prayer has called the publication of Prophet Muhammad's cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo a shocking "crime" and "blasphemy".

Muslims believe their faith forbids depictions of the Prophet in any way.