Protests at US Embassies Spread Through Middle East Over Anti-Islam Film
A fourth day of outraged demonstrations saw unrest multiply throughout the region and beyond, as some activists stormed buildings and battled police.
As President Obama prepared to meet the bodies of the four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, that were killed Tuesday during protests at the US Embassy in Libya, flames of anger were fanned throughout the Muslim world.
Protests against the shady, amateurish film The Innocence of Muslims, which began Tuesday in Libya and Egypt, are now also causing major damage in Yemen, Lebanon, Sudan and Tunisia. An American school in Tunisia was set on fire by protestors, while others stormed the US Embassy walls; police fired tear gas at the intruders in response. A black cloud was seen billowing above the building.
In Lebanon, a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was set ablaze, and twelve security forces were injured by rocks thrown by protestors. One protestor is dead after security opened fire. The Pope's visit to the country is also factoring into the protests.
The Sudan has seen violent protests on not just the American embassy, but also those belonging to Germany and Britain. The gates at the German embassy were stormed, as protestors hung up a black flag, and protestors hopped over the wall into the US building before being expelled.
In Yemen, security forces clashed with protestors, sending warning shots into the crowd, while 500 marchers were driven away from the US' stronghold in Egypt. More than 200 protestors have been injured there this week.
Jerusalem also saw clashes between police and angry marchers, while the President of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, demanded an apology from the American government.