More than 100 people were injured in Israel in the Middle East, where demonstrations by people seeking asylum from Eritrea in East Africa turned violent and escalated into large-scale clashes with local police.

In Tel Aviv, Israel's largest commercial city, on the 2nd, when the local Eritrean embassy was about to hold an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of independence, Eritreans who opposed the current Eritrean government and wanted to seek asylum in Israel staged a large-scale protest.

According to local media, supporters and opponents of the Eritrean regime clashed around the embassy, and clashes with local police who were trying to control the situation led to more than 100 injuries.

Footage from the scene shows broken windows and police vehicles being destroyed, and police have arrested 39 people so far.

Since independence, Eritrea has had a strong political system, and according to UNHCR = United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 50,<> people have fled as refugees around the world.

Last month, clashes broke out in Canada and Sweden between supporters and opponents of the Eritrean regime, and tensions continue in many parts of the country.