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. Steve Schoner

    Humm... The Religion of "Peace" acting in violence again. Islam... so called "Religion of Peace" HA!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike58

    Why did we not shoot them? The Embassy is our land according to the UN laws.
    I would have open fire

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dean

    Pause a moment, reflect
    back.
    These events are actual events from
    history..
    They really happened!!!

    Do
    you remember?

    1. In1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed
    by a Muslim male.

    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics,
    athletes were kidnapped and massacred
    by Muslim males.

    3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and
    eventually diverted to an Arab country
    where a fuse was lit on final approach
    and it was blown up shortly after landing
    by Muslim males.

    4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed
    in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it
    was attacked with grenades
    by Muslim males.

    5. In 1979, the US embassy
    in Iran was taken over
    by Muslim males.

    6. During the 1980's a number of Americans
    were kidnapped in Lebanon
    by Muslim males.

    7 In 1983, the US Marine barracks
    in Beirut was blown up
    by Muslim males.

    8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked
    and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered
    and thrown overboard in his wheelchair
    by Muslim males.

    9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens,
    and a US Navy diver trying to rescue
    passengers was murdered
    by Muslim males.

    10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed
    by Muslim males.

    11. In 1993, the World Trade Center
    was bombed the first time
    by Muslim males.

    12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and
    Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.

    13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked;
    two were used as missiles to take down
    the World Trade Centers and of the
    remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon
    and the other was diverted and crashed
    by the passengers. Thousands of people
    were killed by Muslim males.

    14. In 2002, the United States
    fought a war in Afghanistan
    against Muslim males.

    15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl
    was kidnapped and beheaded by-
    you guessed it-Muslim males.

    No, I really don't
    see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to ensure
    we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent
    on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be
    allowed to profile certain people...
    Absolutely No Profiling!

    They must conduct random searches of
    80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper
    identification, secret agents who are members of the President's
    security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and
    Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but
    leave Muslim Males alone lest they be guilty of
    profiling.

    Have the American People
    completely lost their Minds,
    or just their Power of Reason???

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddy

      Well stated Dean. No pattern at all, and for that, they are a peaceful people following the peaceful teachings of Islam.

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

      You're quite picky with your facts aren't you? How about Operation Gladeo, where a stay behind NATO force after WWII to orchestrate hundreds of terrorist attack to blame on communists and other left wing groups. DECLASSIFIED, look it up. How about the CIA sponsored coup in Iran in 1953 that overthrew their legitimately elected government? How about dozens of interventions in South America that resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. You want to know who the the real terrorists are? Factions of US, Israeli, French, and British intelligence run by a global corporate oligarchy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. realetybytes

    Our muslim brotherhood President has put his people in power all over the middle east, has financed the war against America with American taxpayer money, and loves what is happening. The fact that no one was shot and killed for invading American territory says it all. This is exactly what obama wants in America, muslims overthrowing the country.
    realetybytes

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      well said

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      I see lets just get out the guns and kill people for protesting about america. Like at Kent State

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

      WRONG!! BUSH started the wars numbnuts!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      Mmm yeah cause an international incident is just what we need

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. heavywords2012

    Look at the lizards crawling on the rocks!!! mindless barbarians

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. susanna king

    If the Muslims hate us so much and Egypt is protesting and trying to tear apart our embassy.Why not tell them to go to hell and cut off all diplomatic relations and all money given to them. Theres not one thing that the middle east has that we need.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Noshelter8

    order the marines guarding these posts to shoot to kill. No further issues and the world will be that much safter without those animals

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sal

    Religion is sickening.......

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      your a joke

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tez07

    Perhaps if the females did not insist on paying for their own ticket to the film, this incident could have been avoided

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. open400

    Time for desparate Romney to blame Obama: "Obama should have been personally guarding the wall. The fact President Obama did not shoot anyone shows a lack of leadership."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      LOL

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      Why isn't Romney there guarding the wall, he and Ryan are members of the NRA right?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sabot96

    Wow. We support your freedom from your dictator and this is how we are repaid? You just made a big mistake.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gruess Gott

    The muslim brotherhood in action....what else is new?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. admiralsandecker

    We should have Marines manning mini-guns on the walls and mowing down anyone attempting to cross sovereign US Territory.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • svann

      How long do you think those marines would last?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MEGGARME

    Egypt people couldn't tell beteen film and reality

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BigBird Johnson

    Why is Obama refusing to meet with the leader of Israel? Disgusting.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmkc

      Maybe becuse the world does not resolve around them?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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