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. Canadian1

    Hey look..there are Pyramids in that Asylum!

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

    Egypt has a very limited supply of oil and an even more limited capacity to produce enough food to feed it's citizens. Maybe a U.S. embrago or blockade would cause some of the more nut case people there to rethink their views on America when they are hungry enough.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. xcoozeamoi

    Ver. 1: Protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down its American flags, replacing them with black flags with Islamic emblems.

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    Ver. 2: Protesters climbed the walls of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and hauled down its American flags, replacing them with black flags with Islamic emblems.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    Yeah..appease them ..give more money and weapons.
    The result of toppling mubarak...Never help an arab!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hbrooks17

    I do not think we should characterize this protest as "Egypt vs. the United States." Seems to me that a very small group of protesters took these actions and the Egyptian government called in the police. I would think that most of Egypt would agree with the police being called in to break up this violent protest.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whut

      It's much more like 21st century humans vs. neanderthals, except the neanderthals had more common sense and humanity in them than muslims do today.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. latuya83

    Democracy does not work in the Middle East, these religious zealots need progressive dictatorships to keep them from turning their civilization back to the stone age. Storming an embassy over a film? Really? All theology teaches is ignorance.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      Kinda like what the Republicans want to do to the US ... take us back to the early 1700's when there were no free black men and women are not allowed to vote.

      200 years of WASP's running this country? Thank God That Ended!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Wow sly, you're ignorance is ASTOUNDING!!

      Something tells me you take your marching orders from Huffpo or moveon.org, because even the garden variety CNN liberal isn't as nuts as you.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. max

    I like how we're worried about offending them but they are in no way afraid of offending us. That country is well on it's way to becoming iran.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nunuv Yurbiz

    So I guess the movie is "Islam: the Untold Story" – a quick search and downloading it now.

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

      I will watch..Thanks

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Whut

    What happens when the muslims start freaking out over here because they "live in fear"? And live in fear of what, anyways? Live in fear that the US government isn't going to stand behind them? Deport them before new york gets overthrown.

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

    And muslims wonder why we hate them... Go figure.

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

      Trust me, if I lived in the Middle East I would be plotting 9/11 like attacks every day of my life.

      America has murdered almost 1 million Middle Easterern's to steal their oil.

      Of COURSE they hate us.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. And the insanity stops when?

    This is just another sad statement about the world and its inhabitants.. I don't understand nor would even pretend to understand people who are raised to feel such great hatred. especially in the name of God.. Clearly we have learned nothing from history so.. perhaps if we all just obliterate each others nations all at once then it will be over? Not sure why we can't learn to tolerate and intergrate instead of segregate and annihilate????

    September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      The middle east is like the ass sweat from your crack... its not wanted, its annoying, and its full of shi*

      September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whut

      Nah – just deport them so they can cause death & destruction in their own corner of the world... not bring it & sharia law to the USA. If you cause a fuss on a plane, you get removed. Real simple, really. The religion is hell-bent on hurting non-muslims, so ge them out and keep them out.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jon K.

    Ah, thank you Obama, for supporting the removal of Mubarak. We are much better off now with Egypt as a strong ally. Oh wait, they used to be a strong ally. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is in control. What's wrong with this picture, Obama!! This president has shown he is not fit for the job, it's time to elect someone else.

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

      The Mubarak dictatorship was not sustainable.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Debbie

    Read that statement by the US Embassy again. There's nothing about protesters being on American soil, nothing about the destruction of the US flag!!! It's all about how we don't want to offend anyone!

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

    I despise religious fanatics including the evangelical christians and the other freaks who want a more religious type government here! 

    September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Look Out!

    How's that Arab Spring working out for us? The age old dilemma of the tyrant we know or the mob that we don't.

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