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. Lindsey

    If a foreign country was occupying my land, I'd protest them too. We're lucky they have the self-control to protest peacefully, with property damage being the worst of the display. I probably wouldn't be so nice. We need to get the hell out of their country and stop all this nation building! It's theirs, not ours!

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

    For our so-called Allies in Egypt to allow this to happen on the anniversary of the biggest terrist strike our nation has known shows the level of contempt they have for the U.S. I am done with people hating my country for any an all reasons, real or imagined. I say cut our losses. focus on our economy, our allies, our interest. Clearly this was aimed to kill relations with the west. So be it. China is open for business.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Our mormon leader bishop Romney

    Romney could handle this in a heart beat ....... BOMB MOSCOW!

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

    seriously? we are getting up and were are going to change the counrty for the better... we're voting for Romney! 😉

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

      Bomb me Romney....Rob me Romney....yeah he has all the answers....

      September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Lets see what President Incomplete does now..possibly apologize to the protestors and ask them for some flexiability to after the election.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Grlflo

    This is so outrageous.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cliff

    And these are some of the "bros" here in the U.S. which Obama wants us to have as our neighbors. These indiots have been fighting amongst themselves for over 2,000 years and it will NOT change. I see bring all our people home from the Mid East and let them have at one another. Arm Israel additionally and let them blow em all away would be the best thing to do.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H8ter

    ....Yet another example of the muslim religion breeding hate. Burn em' all!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Allah

    Everyone thinks the Anti-Christ is a person or a man but it is the religion of Islam Satans religion made up to counter and destroy the world even themselves.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andrey

    And this is PRECISELY why Russia and China do whatever they can to stop all of these West-backed regime changes in the middle east. The dictators who were previously in charge may not have been the best alternative, but right now, we're looking at a destabilized region that will fall into the hands of radical Islamists sooner than later.

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

    yeah, maybe POTUS can invite them all over for a beer on the White House lawn.......nice job....

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Juris Doctor

    We want our no fly zone back.

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

    Can we just leave the Middle East, please.

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

    America - keep supporting the rebels (al queda) in Syria to overthrow al-Assad and one day this shall happen to your embassy in Damascus too. Ol' Hosni ain't looking like too bad of a leader now, is he? Be careful what you wish for....

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andres

    Ah yes another fine example of the tolerant islam religion. Actually it appears as though islam has been hijacked by countless thugs to force their views on others nothing more than that. But these fanatic actions harm all of islam, and the sooner that the moderate Islam faith condems the fanatic fundametalist the better this religion will be.

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

      There is no 'moderate Islam'. Its founder had relations with a 7 year old (among others). If moderate is following a pedophile than I cede your point.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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