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. chintu

    And the tourisum in egypt is dead.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • GozieBoy

      Do you think that Islamothugs and murderers give a whit about TOURISM?

      September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. milly

    Durka Durka!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent Jatko

      Mohammed Jihad!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skippy

      I love your balls!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Cut off all aid to these ungrateful SOBs now

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. danthefisherman

    Obama built that!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miami Cuban

      He certainly did and if we have the somber hope of 4 more Obama years, brace yourselves for what's to come our way

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      Hell yes! What a total, ignorant failure he is.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Common Sense

    If you're willing to charge a building to vandalize it over something as silly as a movie, you're clearly out of your mind.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • gale

      Well put.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WillH85

    Hey the religion of peace is at it again. And this after CNN puts that trash about how Muslims have to live in fear in the US. Yep, they're the victims.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOR CONGRESS

    And america is the beacon of hope in the world!

    **ends sarcasm**

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      America – under Obama – is finished as a credible NATION, let alone world leader!

      You're impotent, broke and gullible - I'll BET you vote the "failure-in-Chief" in for another 4 years because you know nothing about your own economy but Obama IS charming!!!!!!! Pffft!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PR

    The only good muslim is a dead muslim

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikebo

      You are correct.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. russ

    f em

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. josh rogen

    welcome to Iran II

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jspareme

    Wow can anybody say "IRAN" and Jimmie Carter....

    Yobama what are you going to do now?!?!?!?!?!?!??

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miami Cuban

      Of course he'll find a way to blame Bush, what were you thinking of?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sameeker

      We can go to war with them. Jspareme can go fight it along with his family. He can also pay for it too.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      Js and Miami – Well said both.

      I reckon Obama will apologise to the Egyptians for putting them to so much trouble!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Jspareme & Miami Cuban & Selfish IsADisease – All I have to say to you three is stuff it.

      If you are American and don't want to give our president the respect he deserves go find another country that will put up with your hatred and vitrole. If you aren't an US citizen SHUT UP!

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

      @Jason – You've said the same thing in defense of President Bush, right?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gale

    Finally cnn puts up a new story. Does anyone else wonder why cnn cannot be punctual with news updates. Everything on the front page is old news as in it hasn't changed in two days.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Red Dog

    Seems like a pretty good way to get shot.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Larry

    Dutch film. American embassy. Yeah, that makes sense.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Farmer Brown

    This is just a spill over from the Chicago School Teachers Strike. Unions and Muslims. Obama's people.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • IronMike

      And you are a moron. Romey's stooge.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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