JERUSALEM, DEC. 13 -- Protesters threw a gasoline bomb at the U.S. Consulate in Arab East Jerusalem today, in the fifth consecutive day of violence that has killed at least six Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian demonstrators in refugee camps and towns of the occupied territories. Conflicting reports put the number of injured, who were mainly Arabs, at between five and 30 people.
A U.S. consular spokesman said no one was hurt by the bomb, which was thrown into a courtyard and exploded against the side of the consulate. A man was seen running from the building, and police detained several Palestinians for questioning, security sources said.
In the Gaza Strip, five Palestinians were wounded and three soldiers were hit by stones in anti-Israeli violence, a military spokesman said.
But the Arab-run Palestine Press Service, based in Jerusalem, said 24 were injured in Gaza. Palestinian sources in Gaza said 36 Palestinians were hurt, 11 of them seriously.
Witnesses said hundreds of protesters burned tires, erected barricades and threw stones at Israeli troops in Gaza City.
A Palestinian was shot in the leg in the West Bank town of Hebron when troops opened fire on protesters from the Islamic College, who allegedly injured three soldiers when they hurled stones at an Israeli civilian bus.
After an hour-long Cabinet meeting today to discuss the violence, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said the Army would continue to "take the necessary measures to ensure public order."
In Baghdad, Iraq, an adviser to Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat told reporters that 22 Palestinians had been killed and 196 wounded so far in the violence, which he called the largest number "massacred by Israel" since it seized the territories in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The violence began after four Arab workers were killed in a crash with an Israeli Army truck last week. Rumors spread that the crash was in revenge for the stabbing of an Israeli businessman the previous week.