Rising anger provoked by an anti-Islam film has seen protestors storm U.S. embassies in Muslim countries from Egypt to Yemen, where four people have been killled and dozens others injured.
Chanting ‘death to America’, hundreds of protestors marched on the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital today, where they burned the American flag, used stones to smash windows, and set fire to cars, before breaking through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sana’a.
The attack followed Tuesday night’s storming of the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya – where the U.S. ambassador and three other staff were killed.
Security has been ramped up at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, and at least one cemetery for American veterans, while President Obama called the leaders of Libya and Egypt to continue helping him to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel.
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City in flames: A man stands in front of a vehicle burning at the U.S. embassy in Sana’a after demonstrators attacked the U.S. Embassies in Yemen on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam
Pain: A protestor grimaces after he’s shot with tear gas fired by riot police, unseen, near the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen
Throwing stones: Yemeni protesters throw rocks towards riot police during clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Sana’a on Thursday
Fury: Chanting ‘death to America,’ hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag. It was the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East
Fervent belief: Protesters climb a fence surrounding the U.S. embassy in Sana’a as they fight to discredit the ‘blasphemous’ film
Chaos: Yemeni protestors break a door of the U.S. Embassy with a pole after ripping off the metal plaque
Fragile defences: Dozens of protesters smash the building’s windows to show their anger at the film’s perceived Islamophobic message
Attack: Yemeni protesters storm the U.S. embassy during a protest today. Yemen’s embassy in Washington said no casualties were reported
Blazing fire: Yemeni forces drive back the protesters as they approached the main gate of the mission
Breaking in: Demonstrators break a widow of the U.S. Embassy – tyres blazed outside the compound and protesters scaled the walls
Heavy smoke rises from the U.S. Embassy compound in Sana’a, Yemen, amid angry clashes between protestors and riot police
One of those killed in Benghazi alongside U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was 42-year-old Glen Doherty, a family friend told CBS Boston today.
Libyan authorities have made four arrests in the investigation into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which the U.S. ambassador and three embassy staff were killed, the deputy interior minister said on Thursday.
‘Four men are in custody and we are interrogating them because they are suspected of helping instigate the events at the U.S. consulate,’ Wanis Sharif told Reuters.
He gave no more details.
There were protests in Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco overnight, and the demonstrations have reached Cairo and Baghdad.
Medical attention: A Yemeni man takes a protester to the hospital after sustaining injuries during clashes with riot police outside the U.S. embassy in Sana’a on Thursday
Bloody: A blood-soaked protester shouts slogans after sustaining injuries from a confrontation with riot police who fired tear gas at them outside the embassy
Climbiing: Yemeni demonstrators scale the front gate of the U.S. embassy in Sana’a after the Muslim nation became the latest to be marred by street protests over a film ridiculing the prophet Mohammed
On Thursday, riot police in Indonesia were standing guard outside the U.S. Ambassador’s Jakarta residence in anticipation of further action.
Once inside the compound in Sana’a, Yemeni protestors brought down the U.S. flag, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith – ‘There is no God but Allah.’
CNN reported that four people were killed in the clashes, and dozens of other security officials and protesters were injured.
Before storming the grounds, demonstrators removed the embassy’s sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.
Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and were eventually able to drive them out of the compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.
Emergency aid: Yemeni medics take an injured protester on a motorcycle to the hospital
Streets of chaos: Protesters throw stones at riot police near the U.S. embassy in Sana’a after riots spread into the streets
Marching: Yemeni men shout slogans during a protest
Dangerous: Heavy smokes rises from the U.S. embassy in Sana’a as Yemeni protesters try to break the security camera at the compound
Fighting with fire: Protesters burn tyres – the violence has raised worries that further protests could break out around the Muslim world as anger spreads over the film
Written on stone: A graffiti artist writes ‘Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah!’ on a wall
Some protestors held aloft banners declaring ‘Allah is Greatest’. Tires blazed outside the compound and protesters scaled the walls.
‘We can see a fire inside the compound and security forces are firing in the air. The demonstrators are fleeing and then charging back,’ one witness said.
It was similar to an attack on the US Embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday night.
Witnesses said there were some injuries on both sides but gave no exact figures.
Yemen, a key U.S. ally, is home of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is viewed by Washington as the most dangerous branch of the militant network established by Osama bin Laden.
Yemen is fighting an al Qaeda-backed insurrection largely in the south of the country. Its embassy in Washington did not report any casualties.
An embassy statement said Yemen’s government condemned the attack by protesters angry at a film seen as insulting to Islam, adding security forces had restored order at the complex.
Relationship: Yemen, a key U.S. ally, is home of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is viewed by Washington as the most dangerous branch of the militant network established by Osama bin Laden
Demonstrations: A Yemeni protestor, left, holds a white flag with Islamic inscription in Arabic that reads, ‘No God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet,’ in front of the U.S. embassy
Mass fury: A Yemeni protester waves the flag as thousands of people gather at the main gate of the mission
Clashing sides: The furious activists storming the embassy in the Yemeni capital were fired at by security forces, according to local media reports
Protection: Protesters climb a fence as security guards tried to hold them off by firing into the air
Dramatic: The demonstrators try to break into the embassy by tearing up the roof and pounding it with makeshift weapons
Trampled underfoot: While some youths raise Islamist flags, left, others walk on U.S. and Israeli national flags
Refuted: An embassy statement said Yemen’s government condemned the attack by protesters
Angry: A protestors smashes a window and picks through the glass in an attempt to enter a building in the embassy
Moving in: Protesters climb a fence and try to break windows
‘Fortunately no casualties were reported from this chaotic incident. The government of Yemen will honour international obligations to ensure the safety of diplomats and will step up security presence around all foreign missions,’ the statement read.
The violence has raised worries that further protests could break out around the Muslim world as anger spreads over the film.
Yemen is home to al Qaida’s most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government’s counter-terrorism campaign.
Anger: Chanting protestors gathered outside the embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, to protest against the film
Crowds: Police tried to hold off the hundreds of protestors by firing gunshots into the air
Growing momentum: Protests have already begun to spread to other countries following the scenes outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen (above)
Destruction: Protestors in Yemen stamp on U.S. and Israeli flags, left, at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a today, where a vehicle outside the building was set alight, right
Fury: Smoke rises above the U.S. Embassy building in Yemen amid angry protests in the capital today
Control: Riot police made efforts to disperse protestors gathered outside the compound in Sana’a
Armed: Riot police wearing helmets can be seen in this picture from the scene of the Yemeni protests
Overnight there were further clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as well as protests in Tunisia, Sudan, and Morocco.
In Cairo, protests continued into early hours of this morning near Tahrir Square, the site of Egypt’s massive uprising last year.
With further street violence and demonstrations expected, Britain, the U.S. and their European allies stepped-up security at their embassies and consulates.
In Tunis, the Tunisian capital, police fired teargas and rubber bullets into the air to disperse a protest.
Around 200 protesters burned U.S. flags and chanted slogans such as ‘Obama, Obama, we are here for the triumph of Islam’.
Defiant: Protestors fought back during protests in Cairo, throwing tear gas canisters used to disperse the crowds back at riot police
Return fire: An Egyptian protester throws back a tear gas canister towards riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo
Clash: Police used tear gas to try and disperse protestors close to the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, today
Flames: Protestors set fire to a police vehicle during clashes with riot police in Tahrir Square, Cairo
Injuries: An Egyptian protestor is seen throwing a tear gas canister back towards riot police near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, amid clashes in which 13 people were reported to be injured
Flee: Protestors run from tear gas released by riot police during clashes along the road leading to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo
Tear gas: Riot police used canisters of tear gas to try and disperse the protestors in Cairo
Unafraid: A protester confronts police in a street leading to the U.S. embassy near Cairo’s Tahrir square
Waiting for help: Protesters pray during clashes with police in a street leading to Tahrir square
The government on Tuesday announced that al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent U.S. airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.
The film Innocence of Muslims came to attention in Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube.
The video-sharing website blocked access to it yesterday.
The trailer depicts Mohammed as a fraud, a womaniser and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
As the scenes continued to spread to U.S. consulates in countries across the Middle East riot police were deployed to the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Indonesia.
The building in Jakarta was heavily guarded by riot police today, in anticipation of similar Muslim protests over the ‘blasphemous’ film.
Riots: A protester throws a petrol bomb at policemen during clashes along a road which leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Wednesday night
Unrest: Riot police clashed with protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Wednesday night
Darkness: A protester throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, during clashes along a road which leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, as demonstrations there continued into this morning
Guarding: Riot policemen stand guard as protesters approach in Cairo
In Germany the consular section of the U.S. embassy in Berlin was partially evacuated after an employee began struggling to breathe when he opened an envelope sent to the building.
Two other consular employees also felt unwell after touching the visa application papers contained in the envelope.
The three members of staff who handled the papers were sent to hospital, and dozens of other employees were evacuated from the embassy while police investigate.
Upset: Iranian women hold a copy of holy book Koran as 500 Islamists gather in front of the US interest section within the Swiss embassy in Tehran
Aggression: The women shout anti-US slogans while holding copies of the holy book at the Swiss embassy
Strong words: The women hold a placard in front of the heavily protected embassy where hundreds of police and anti-riot forces tried to hold demonstrators back
Hollywood horror: The crowd burn an American flag, left, and chant ‘Death to US’ and ‘Death to Israel’, while calling for the hanging of filmmaker Bacile
U.S Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in a fire started when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was stormed on Tuesday.
In response to the attacks the U.S. has launched a major military manhunt to find the terrorists responsible, announcing it is to send warships to the coast of Libya.
American drone aircraft are also expected to join the apparent terrorist hunt.
Precaution: Firefighters in protective clothing arrived at the U.S. consulate in Berlin, Germany, today after staff reported a strange smell coming from an envelope sent to the building – three employees who handled the documents inside became unwell
Radical: Protestors in Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad, burned the American flag in protest at the U.S.-produced film they claim is insulting to Islam
Alert: Indonesian riot police stand guard outside the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Jakarta in anticipation of Muslim protests over the film
Prepared: An armed guard stands outside the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Jakarta as security was stepped up outside the building in response to Muslim protests in other countries
Violence: Tunisians burn an American flag adorned with a photo of Marilyn Monroe on Wednesday, the day after U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed in a terror strike on the U.S. consulate in Banghazi
Anger: A Tunisian protester stomps on the American flag as Muslim countries erupted in protests over a low-budget anti-Mohammed film
Clashes: Riot police form a line as Moroccan protestors shout during a protest about the film Innocence Of Muslims, which mocks Islam’s Prophet Mohammed
Demonstrations spread: Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against the movie, Innocence of Muslims, near the United Nations office in Gaza City
Shouting: Conservative Muslim women protest with copies of the Koran in Casablanca, Morocco
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