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. GaryDMN

    Weren't we shipping arms to these guys a few months ago? Didn't we provide logistical support and financing to them? Haven't we pledged to send them something like 3 billion dollars recently? Won't we ever learn, remember we sent arms to Saddam and Osama too and we know how that worked out.

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

      Gary, it is time that we cut off all aid to Egypt. Let them sort our their own government and economy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DavidEnc

    They have the right to protest. They do NOT have the right to storm our embassy and take our flag.

    I hope our embassy sends a bill for damages to the Egyptian government.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. M1sterEman

    Looks like an Apple iPhone launch to me... Maybe they got the iPhone 5 early...

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    I am all for everyone trying to get along BUT I wonder why we did not shoot them, they are breaking into and damaging the property of the United States of America and desecrating the flag.. they are twisted about some Mohammad crap but feel it is appropriate to attack someone else… it is wrong, shoot.

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

    Religion really needs to die already. It does more harm than good, always has.

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

    GLASS PARKINGLOT

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AFVet

    Since embassies in foriegn countries are considered a part of that nation (in this case the U.S.) why is this not being treated as an assault on America? Nothing went on here that more accurate "warning shots" wouldn't cure.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Truly disgusted with the comment sections of these articles. It gives idiots on both sides of the political spectrum the chance to spout off garbage without having to say it in person. Then everyone on the other side takes it as examples of what a republican or democrat is. It just promotes the hate and vitriol that is spewed on both sides. Problem being that most of the BS that is spewed is probably not even believed by the spewer. It is just a way to get kicks by getting a reaction.

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

      Yeah and just think by leaving a comment you are a part of it as well.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bbrooker88

    If I devoutly believed the Cleveland Browns would win the next 5 super bowls in a row, it'd be socially acceptable to call me crazy. But if I called anyone out as believing in an invisible man in the sky, that's offensive and off limits.

    Okay, just so I know the rules.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JerMoe

    Gee, what can you say about religious fanatics attacking the US for not a good reason on 9/11? Talk about cultural insensativity, not to mention DejaVu-all-over-again.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce Walden

    And Obama will, after the fashion of his model, Jimmy "Peanut-Picker" Carter, do nothing. Wouldn't this be a great time to have a president?

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

      I guess we have a president, but we DON'T have a leader!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEP

      What exactly would you like President Obama to do?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ri

      Ha! These protesters probably all work for the local construction company that we'll end up paying to rebuild the embassy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Yes Obama does nothing as usual. Let's not forget who caught and executed Osama Bin Laden

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stranger in The Night

    The Dutch film was producer 3 years ago, They are protesting for a new film produced in the USA and published on youtube few days ago.

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

      Thanks for clearing that up. I guess it makes it ok.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sal

    I know ii's a little contradictory but god bless the atheists of the world. It would be a more peaceful world if there was no religions..........

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      Again your an idiot. Read your history and you will find their were plenty of atheist that killed millions

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Yes yes! Bless the atheists: Mao, Adolf, Josef, Pol, et. al. Wonderful leaders all!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • William51a

      So let me get this straight. Governments that oppress religious freedom and follow Karl Marx are more peaceful. Ask some of the folks that have lived under that type of government. There's no doubt that you are not a student of history. People like yourself are some of the most intolernt of all.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stranger in The Night

      I don't understand what you wrote " god bless the atheists of the world ". How you are asking god to bless atheists while they don't beleive in god !!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Unfortunately the 'religion' of atheists has become secularized government which equates to tyranny.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Sal,

      Robespierre, Stalin, Mao and Hitler all rejected religion in favor of "science and reason." Between the three of them, they are responsible for the death of at least 150 million people. Thats just in the last 200 hundred years. The same pattern of rejecting religion in favor of science and reason can be seen throughout the last the 3 millennia with disastourous results.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomOf3

      Mao, Adolf, Josef, Pol, et. al.

      All leaders who killed for POLITICAL reasons and just happened to be atheists. BTW – Hitler was a Catholic...
      How many leaders have killed, or are now killing for religious reasons?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fescobeo999

    This is exactly what happens when you lead from behind. So predictable.

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

      You have a problem with Nelson Mandela? Or are you just reading from your prepared script?
      “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrg

      So free speech is fine with you, as long as you agree with it eh? We certainly can not tolerate expression of views we don't agree with, those folks should just be put in prison, right?

      Free speech means exactly tolerating views you do not agree with. Egypt is having a very difficult transition at the moment and this protest did little or no harm. Its not a problem, just relax.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Good job Islam and your peaceful religion! They can tear stuff up and destroy. Because it's so much easier to blow stuff up than it is to build it. I say we help them along and blow them up before they finally sneak one into NY someday.

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