Islamic Anti US Protestors Chant 'Death to America' As Protests Spread Across Middle East

Islamic Anti US Protestors Chant 'Death to America' As Protests Spread Across Middle East

Sanaa : Yemen | Sep 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM PDT
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Angry Protestors Storm US Embassy In Yemen

In the wake of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi protests against the US are now spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. The US ambassador to Libya was killed along with others in the Benghazi attack on Tuesday.

The protests claim to be against a film made in the US that many feel is anti-Islamic. The film is called 'Innocence of Muslims' and it has been condemned by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as "disgusting".

The US embassy in Yemen has come under attack. Demonstrators stormed the grounds and burned a US flag and chanted 'Death to America'. The protestors were driven back by security forces. The embassy is in the City of Sanaa.

Protests are also continuing in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. At least 70 people have been injured in the Egyptian protests.

The US have deployed an elite task force of 50 Marines and a squad of FBI agents to Libya where the Benghazi attack took place killing ambassador Chris Stephens on Tuesday. They are following up leads that suggest the attack was not just a spontaneous protest against the film but was organised by a jihadist group.

In Sanaa security forces used tear gas, water cannon and live fire to drive protesters back. The US embassy reports that there were no injuries but local people say that there were injuries on both sides.

The protestors removed the US flag and replaced it with an Islamic black flag. The flag had the words "There is no God but Allah" written on it.

People are also reported injured in Egypt where protests have continued for the last three days. Through Wednesday night the 12th September into Thursday it is reported that at least 16 people have been injured and 12 Egyption protestors have been arrested. The protestors want the US ambassador ejected from the country.

The BBC and other news agencies report other protests across the Islamic world including:

  • Iranians chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans stage a protest outside the Swiss embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, which represents US interests
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai has postponed a planned visit to Norway, fearing violence could erupt in his country
  • A small protest has taken place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demanding that the film-maker be punished
  • In Iraq, there have been demonstrations in Baghdad and Basra, with the leader of one Islamist militia warning the film "will put all American interests in danger"

The US have upped security at all its foreign outposts and expects host country forces to support them in preventing any more attacks like the one in Benghazi.

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