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. heavywords2012

    Strike down that crowd now. then we will see who's cheering.

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

    of course the fact that it is 9/11 is an utter and complete coincidence. And let's not forget that Egypt was stop number 1 on Obama's speaking tour of the Muslim world shortly after taking office. For which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nice job, Mr President. You clearly know how to motivate the masses!

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

    Can you imagine the outrage if we did something like this to an embassy in the US? What happened to the idea/International law that embassies are protected sovereign soil to the country represented?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      They don't understand law. thats the white mans game.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Calm and Reason

    Why is it that so many human beings have to hate people who are not exactly like them. We really haven't come that far from the time that people lived in tribes. It is really sad and doesn't speak well of us as a species. We are all alike in so many ways. Why not celebrate the similarities as well as the cultural differences. Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God. The God of Abraham.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stranger in The Night

      well said

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

      Speak for yourself. My god doesn't allow killing innocents and gays, subjugating women, and all the other garbage Islamists try to make out to be normal.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Funny, my GOD doesn't require that I kill those who don't believe in him....

      September 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DavidW0909

    I've got it, they security forces at the Embassy need to break out the raw bacon gun and fire it into the crowd. I'll bet that would make them run away! Seriously, I thought that Egypt's new government was supposed to be peaceful and want close relations with the west. I don't see a single Egyptian soldier in that frame so it would seem the Egyptian government is allowing this to happen. Disgraceful, perhaps we should storm the Egyptian Embassy in Washington and lets dogs and pigs run around inside the office of the ambassador. I wonder if that would pis_ these guys off? OH WAIT, that's right, when we breathe we pis_ these guys off.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RayinKuwait

    Hey, does anyone remember the Iran Hostage crisis? It started out just like this: the protestors ran at least one rehearsal, entering the compund, before taking over the US embassy.

    History repeating itself. I hope we've learned something since then.....

    Get those people out of there.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HZ

    it's proved time and time again ARAB SPRING IS THE WORST IDEA EVER
    and yet democrats still support it just because it's funded by obama......

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dean

    This just seams like really bad timing, or good timing depending on how you look at it. Come on guys, if your trying to build up the Islamic image, don't storm an American embassy on September 11th! It's hard enough for us to respect your psychopathic perspective of reality, don't set us back 10 years now. Your only hurting yourself.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ri

    Are you sure it's not just an ad for Levi's?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      good one

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name your price

    Massive inbreeding within muslim culture have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences of intermarriage between first cousin have serious impact on the offspring, sanity, health and mental instability to comprehend enemies from foes. THE BIGGEST THREAT TO MUSLIMS IS MUSLIMS. TM

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      HAHAHAHAHA thats a great statement

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Civilized American

    Muslims are such a hateful breed of humans. They have no respect or tolerance for other religions, yet they go bazurk when they feel that islam is disrespected. They have no idea how screwed up their countries would be if the US wasnt involved, both politically, militarily, and economically. I can't wait til we are completely energy independent and when the middle east is irrelevant when it comes to our foreign policy. When we stop buying their oil, their economies will collapse and they will go back to living in the stone age. These people offer NOTHING to the rest of the civilized world.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name your price

      Couldn't agree more..

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

      Sadly, they will simply begin selling their oil to the rest of the developing world. Even if North America was energy independent, the number of nations greedily increasing their oil consumption is astounding. Think Africa, China, India, and other massive population centers.

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


      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DefyTheGods

    ...and so it begins...again.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Caneman

    This just in: Obama apologizes for offending them.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cincinnatus

      I guess instead of giving them a billion dollars he will now give them 10 billion dollars.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe E In the IE

    Mr. President, Ms. Pelosi, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, your rooms are ready, including the beds you made. Feel free to lie in them.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JH

    U.S. Embassies have U.S. Marine guards. This is, presumably, to guard the embassy. I'd like to know who gave them the day off and forced them to stand idly by while the embassy flag was hauled down and replaced with some Islamic jolly roger monstrosity. Those poor Marines must have been beside themselves having to watch that.

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

      Very good question. No doubt the answer is BSO.

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

      JH – The number of Marines at an Embassy would surprise you. They guard the Embassy itself and the Americans inside the building. The compound is usually guarded by locals and based on the size of the crowd their only option would have to come out with guns blazing to save the flag. There is no way that was going to happen because the mob would have burned the building to the ground with everyone inside.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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