CASABLANCA (AFP) - More mass rallies against Israel's war in the Gaza Strip were held on Sunday in Muslim nations and across Europe. Tens of thousands took part in one demonstration in the Moroccan city of Casablanca and up to 30,000 took part in a rally in the Turkish capital. In Madrid however, Spanish police protected hundreds who turned out in support of Israel. About one third of the demonstrators in Casablanca were women. Police said there were 20,000 people taking part in all, while organisers gave a figure of 100,000. The rally was organised by the Justice and Development Party and other mainly left wing groups. Demonstrators carried banners with such slogans as "Palestine will live, Palestine will win" and "Stop the Gaza holocaust". Up to 30,000 people gathered for an anti-Israeli protest in central Ankara, waving Palestinian flags and calling for "resistance" against the Jewish state in devastated Gaza. The demonstration, held after Israel unilaterally halted its bloody 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, was organised by pro-Islamic civic groups and trade unions. Between 3,500 and 6,000 people took part in a march in the northern French city of Lille. Other demonstrations were held in Paris and other French cities on Saturday. There were between 2,000 and 6,000 in The Hague at a rally called by Muslim groups and several hundred at another in Brussels. Meanwhile, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at dozens of angry demonstrators who protested near the US embassy Sunday against Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip. The incident occurred when Lebanese and Palestinian leftists of various political groups broke through barbed wire down the street from the embassy and neared the next barricade to the mission compound in Awkar, just north of Beirut. Several of the demonstrators were seen to be hurt in the clashes. The tear gas forced the crowd to disperse although some demonstrators regrouped and continued to protest, calling on the US ambassador to be expelled from the country. Another protest, by dozens of members of the leftist Democratic People's Party, was staged near the US embassy later in the day. Protestors burned dummies of US President George W Bush, US President-elect Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as American and Israeli flags. Before leaving, they placed dolls representing babies killed in Israel's war on Gaza on the barbed wire barricade. Meanwhile, the wife of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged Egypt's first lady to use her influence to secure help for Palestinians in Gaza, in a letter to Suzanne Mubarak carried by the state news agency IRNA on Sunday. "You could guide your husband and ask him to open the way to help Palestinian people and prevent a worsened human tragedy," wrote Azam al-Sadat Farahi to Hosni Mubarak's wife, alluding to the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza. "The opportunity to serve people especially the oppressed is a divine gift and it will bring about God's rage if the chance is missed," she said, in a rare public move by a wife of an Iranian leader. Tehran broke off diplomatic ties with Cairo in 1980, a year after Iran's Islamic revolution in protest at Egypt recognising Israel and hosting the deposed shah. Several Iranian officials have harshly criticised the Egyptian government in recent weeks over its position on the Israeli military offensive in Gaza.