The British and German embassies in Sudan have been attacked as thousands of enraged people across the Middle East and North Africa continue to protest against the anti-Muslim film made by an American right-wing Christian.
The embassies, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, have been surrounded by increasingly violent crowds despite the fact that neither Britain nor Germany have any link to the film.
Protesters tore down the German flag and replaced it with an Islamic banner reading "there is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet" before breaking windows and starting a fire next to the main gate.
Protesters in Yemen destroy an American flag
The Foreign Office have said that police are defending the British embassy, firing tear gas in an effort to disperse the demonstrations. Three people are reported to have been killed according to local media.
The US embassy has also been targeted:
- At least five people have been hurt by police gunfire as they tried to disperse violent crowds
- Protestors scaled the walls of the embassy compound and smashed windows
- Trees have been set alight within the compound causing a massive plume of thick black smoke
- Protesters have set fire to a US school in the capital
- Protesters chanted "Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas!"
— Thierry Bresillon (@ThBresillon) September 14, 2012
Smoke rises from the US embassy in Tunis
Elsewhere, police in Yemen opened fire on protesters a day after the US embassy compound in the country was stormed by around 5,000 angry demonstrators.
Mohammed Albasha, Yemen's spokesman in Washington, had said on Thursday that the situation had been brought under control.
In Lebanon a man died after a fast food restaurant was burnt to the ground, whilst in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood called for a million-man march as protesters clashed with police guarding the US embassy.
A fifteen-foot high concrete wall had been erected to block the streets leading to the embassy. Aerial footage showed rocks being thrown back and forth between protesters and police.
Protestors near the US embassy in Egypt
The violence on Friday also spread to South Asia as around 10,000 people tried to march on the US embassy in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, burning American and Jewish flags as they went.
Smaller protests have occurred in Indonesia, Gaza and Iran.
The violence started in Egypt and quickly spread to Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, September 11, when the US embassy was stormed and ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
The burnt out shell of the embassy where the US ambassador was killed
The significance of the date has led some to believe that Islamists are taking advantage over the furore over the film to carry out their own agendas.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) September 14, 2012
The film, entitled Innocence of Muslims, is a crudely shot, low budget film which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a drunk, philanderer and a homosexual.
The American government has tried to distance itself from the film. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to denigrate a great religion and provoke rage. But as we said yesterday, there is no justification — none at all — for responding to this video with violence.”
It's maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, has allegedly gone into hiding.
09/15/2012 10:05 PM EDT
Egypt PM: Some Cairo Protesters Paid To Protest
Egypt's Prime Minister Hesham Kandil told CNN that some people involved in the recent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo were paid to protest. He also said that some were there on their own accord, though.
For more on his comments, click here.
09/15/2012 8:16 PM EDT
Libya President: 'Foreigners' Involved In Attack
Both Libyans and "foreigners" carried out the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, said Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf.
"We have assumptions and we have some information, and all that information we have now leads to the same direction about the perpetrators, the criminals," he told NBC.
For more on Magariaf's comments, click here.
09/15/2012 7:58 PM EDT
More Details Of Libya Attack Emerge
A local security official walked CNN through the horrific attacks in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens dead. Read the report here.
09/15/2012 7:32 PM EDT
Senior Libya Official Tells CNN: No Evidence That Attack Was Pre-Planned
@ JomanaCNN :
One senior official just told me they have no evidence yet to support President's statements that attack was pre-planned. #Libya
09/15/2012 7:24 PM EDT
U.S. Issues Warnings For Sudan, Tunisia
From the AP:
WASHINGTON — The State Department on Saturday ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential U.S. government personnel from posts in Sudan and Tunisia and is issuing travel warnings to American citizens in the two countries due to security concerns over anti-American violence.
"Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens," said Victoria Nuland, a department spokeswoman.
To read more, click here.
09/15/2012 7:19 PM EDT
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
In this image from video provided by CBS2-KCAL9, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the anti-Muslim movie that has inflamed the Middle East, is escorted by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from his home, early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Cerritos, Calif. Nakoula, 55, was interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station but was not arrested or detained, authorities said early Saturday. (AP Photo/CBS2-KCAL9)
09/15/2012 5:10 PM EDT
Image Purportedly Shows Camp Bastion
This image from AP video obtained from the SITE Intel Group posted by al-Emarah Jihadi Studio, an Afghan Taliban media unit who released two clips on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, purports to show smoke rising over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after what the Taliban media unit says is an attack at the base. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group)
09/15/2012 5:03 PM EDT
Far-Right Group Trying To Screen Anti-Islam Film
According to an AFP report, a far-right group in Germany wants to screen 'Innocence of Muslims,' the film that sparked protests around the world, in Berlin.
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Der Spiegel he would use every legal means at his disposal to stop them.
“Such groups and organizations only want to provoke Germany’s Muslims,” he said, accusing them of recklessly pouring oil on the fire.
Read the full story here.
09/15/2012 4:36 PM EDT
Libyan President Meets U.S. Consulate Guard
President Mohammed el-Megarif, fourth right, meets an unidentified Libyan guard of the U.S. Consulate who was wounded following the deadly attack on September 11, 2012, at Benghazi Medical Center in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo)
09/15/2012 4:30 PM EDT
Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority on Saturday condemned the attacks on U.S. embassies as un-Islamic, according to a report by Reuters.
"It is forbidden to punish the innocent for the wicked crimes of the guilty, or to attack those who have been granted protection of their lives and property, or to expose public buildings to fire or destruction," he said in a speech carried by state news agency SPA.
Read the full report here.
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