Widespread Protests Against U.S. Over Anti-Muslim Film
Angry demonstrations against an anti-Islamic film shot in the United States spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries Friday, as protesters smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital, and security forces in Egypt and Yemen fired tear gas and clashed with protesters to keep them away from U.S. Embassies.
Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Tunisia’s capital Friday, setting fire to cars and raising a flag with the Muslim profession of faith written on it as part of violent demonstrations in the region against an anti-Islam film. Two demonstrators died in clashes with police, Tunisia’s official news agency said.
The American School in Tunis (which was closed on Friday) was also set on fire by protesters.
Dozens storm, breach wall of U.S. Embassy in Tunisia
Another protester was killed in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli in clashes with security forces, after a crowd set fire to a KFC and an Arby’s restaurant. Protesters hurled stones and glass at police in a furious melee that left 25 people wounded, 18 of them police.
Media reports say other three people were killed in clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, and as many as four people were killed during clashes in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, but these reports have not been confirmed.
A U.S. State Department official told CBS News there were reports of gunfire at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, where the crowd outside was estimated as 2,000. Sudanese police are working with U.S. security personnel to keep them away. The official said the compound perimeter has not been breached, calling reports to the contrary “inaccurate,” and said that all U.S. personnel are safe and accounted for.
Confrontations between demonstrators and police were reported in Yemen and Tunisia, where smoke was seen rising from the U.S. Embassy compound from cars set afire.