Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo
Protesters rally in front the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday.
September 11th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

Egyptian police and army personnel have since formed defensive lines around the facility in an effort to prevent the demonstrators from advancing farther, but not before the protesters affixed their standard atop the embassy.

The black flag, which hangs atop a ladder inside the compound, is adorned with white characters that read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," an emblem often used in al Qaeda propaganda.

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

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  1. Ted

    So much for summer of Schmoozing.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fsjunkie

    So...who still wants to liberate Syria.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ac

    let's spread democracy.....they will greet us with open arms...Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • eq

      "It's an Arab Spring"- CNN/ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC/HUFFPO/NYT/OBAMA/BIDEN/PELOSI/REID

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike H.

      Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld ?
      The fact is... Both Bush and Rumsfeld were just puppets manipulated by Cheney.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Obama/Biden/Panetta... etc, etc, etc...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike H.

      Why is it...
      That when...
      The democracy we advocate...
      produces an Islamic State...
      because that's what the population chooses in a free election...
      we are no longer happy?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarterR

      You conveniently forgot to add Obama to that list, but as a liberal I know you are engineered to do that.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. your mama

    really? They think there's been an insult so they resort to violence?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. heavywords2012

    so does that mean we should kick them out..?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chupacabra

    Lets just stop all aid and get completely out of the arab/muslem countries and start deporting the ones we got here. These retro-beast are never going to be human.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gold Finger

    I would not have fired a warning shot. Just bar the building. Let them have the court yard to have their freedom of speech. Make that announcement. The US allows freedom of speech, please don't destroy any property, we welcome our guest. This is an important idea that we must put forward to this particular group. They biggest dream is to have guards kill some one so they can point their fingers and say I told you so.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Secretary of State Clinton, under Obama's leadership, has done more harm around the world than good! This Administration is indecisive at best.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose

    Just another example of this failed administration.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob Loblaw

    Wait, the Religion of Peace? What happened?!?!?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. worldbarista

    When our Government stops intervene into domestic policy of every nations and keep their nose in domestic policy within US and take all measures necessary to eliminate human rights violation that we have here and stop preaching about human rights violations abroad, this type of madness won't happen.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. butch

    time to drop a battalion in egypt and shoot whoever attacks it. should net a couple hundred thousand more of these d-bags.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WorriedTX

    Why do people go ape sh!t over NOTHING???? I am so sick and tired of Muslim greviences!!!! I am sick and tired of them Islamizing everything in their path! These people are horrible!!! Maybe if they had jobs, or something more to do during the day, they would be less likley to COMPLAIN and KILL and DESTROY EVERYTHING!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Germanicus

      That is exactly the reason behind the uprising in Egypt in the first place. Lack of jobs and opportunity. Now they still have neither, but don't have the government to focus on anymore so the the fundamentalists have directed the angst toward there favorite target; Us. This is not a grass roots protest it is islamic astroturfing.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeffrey

    Americans are idiots for kissing Islamic butt.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sal

    The Prophet Mohammed is a piece of crapola and so are his followers......they should also be dispatched......

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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