Battle lines were swiftly drawn with makeshift barricades drawn up. Both sides hurled rocks at each other, and in some cases crude catapults were set up. Molotov cocktails were hurled from roof tops and motorway flyovers.
On Thursday, the army was more proactive and moved to separate the two forces with tanks but skirmishes between the two sides continued. Journalists were attacked on Thursday following reports by state TV that Israeli spies were posing as western journalists.