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. CW

    Time to pull out of this dump. These people are clearly stuck in the 7th century. Just another example of Islam's tolerance of others.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. malice420dotcom

    How's that Arab Spring working out for ya Obama ? YES WE CAN HOPE AND CHANGE

    September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Serius Nigah

    islum is such a Gutter Religion

    September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    WOW. If the embassy can't summon the courage to defend American ideals than they do not belong there. Burn the place down so it can't be used and leave. It is too dangerous to have children on the front line. Children cannot defend themselves much less the rest of the world.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick O'Shea

    Hey, it's the arab spring, like irish spring, it'll wash away all bad things.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Serius Nigah

    islum = Gutter Religion

    September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan

    The stunning idiocy of most of the people posting here. A few Egyptians in their 20's climb on top of a wall outside the US embassy. -> Let's go to war with the whole Muslim world!!! They climbed on the wall, that's an act of war.

    Anybody recall some right wing nutjob shooting up a Sikh Temple the other day? Did Pakistan declare war on us yet?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy Gascar

      Why would they? Sikhs are Indian.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Technically speaking they are from Punjab which is split between the two

      September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy Gascar

      Gee, my mistake. Never met a Pakistani Sihk, though, and I have a GIANT community of Sikhs where I live.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jrg

    Murderjunkie – if we did it right, a war with these sand monkeys would be over in about 15 minutes. Their countries reduced to fused glass, and the oil under them enriched by radioactivity. There will be no peace until Islam is wiped off the planet like the disease it is.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hedley Lamar

    Everything in the middle east is so much better since that Arab Spring thing.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lawman

    The United States continues to deal with the barbarians of the muslim cult and the president refuses to meet with the prime minister of Israel. Is there any doubt about where the loyalty of the evil progressive movement and the madmen of the Obama administration lies? Past time to make a change in November.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sly

    Any good Middle Eastern citizen should hate the United States.

    Our nation is full of religious Christian freaks who have spent the past 40 years bombing about 20+ nations.

    Go Protestors!

    I have to laugh at the irony of American's getting their panties all in a bun about 3000 dead on 9/11.
    Heck – the US murdered 3000 Middle Easterner's EVERY DAY for 450+ days during one stretch in 2004.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Good point about killing 3000 Muslims a day....that is sad...we need to increase that number by at least 10 fold....We are America damnit We can do better!!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLY is a tranny

      So you're saying the us killed over 1.3 million people in 2004.... stupid

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

      There is no such thing as a good middle eastern citizen. You are all a bunch of third world cretins. The only people in the middle east who have bilt a decent society is Israel. Instead of playing fottsie with you bearded beasts we should drop the big one on Cairo, Baghdad, tehran and Damascus. Boom.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Joanne...you do realize you have no rights as a woman under the Muslim Brotherhoods rule....How any woman can side with these people is beyond me

      September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RB

      "Murder" is a legal term, and has a legal definition. Killing armed combatants in a war is not the same as murder, but someone like you who obviously only wants to demagogue an issue would not be able to understand the difference. You're a fool, and I've broken my own rules by even replying to you. Call it generosity.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge

      @Mark Newman

      Dear Mark,

      Please, don't reproduce.

      Yours truly,

      The rest of the world

      September 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • grendel007

      Ridiculous person making ludicrous claims. Completely unbelievable to all but the most anti-american hater

      September 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • stablemate

      many more arabs have killed each other before usa ever did

      September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mohamedwasapig

      may a pig fart up your nose and the nose of 'o'hamed', our irish-muslim islamist pigsident

      September 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angryersmell

    Fix your own country first, then worry about us.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mellyn66

      Would gladly do that and take all of our money and interests out of your country.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy Gascar

      You spelled "angrier" wrong.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NAM VET

    THIS PRESIDENT WAS TASKED TO BE JUST THAT. A PRESIDENT WITH BALLS FOR THIS NATION AND WITH RESPONSIBLITY TO DEFEND OUR INTERESTS EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE UN WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
    WORLD PEACE KEEPING HAS SHURKED THOSE DUTIES SINCE THE BEGINNG. THEY ARE NOW THROWING IT IN OUR
    LAP. WE ONCE SPOKE SOFTLY BUT CARREID A BIG STICK. WE WERE RESPECTED AND FEARED,WE NOW HAVE NO RESPECT AND NO ONE AT THE HELM TO LEAD. THE BEST THIS GUY CAN DO IS THROW MONEY AT US CITIZENS.,
    WE REALLY JUST WANT A LEADER,WE PAY HIM BIG BUCKS AND WHAT DO WE GET. DISREPECT AND NO LEADER!.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vince

    Curious rumblings just before the US presidential election. Just sayin.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. skyking239

    The Marine guards should have fired of the hoodlums. Our embassy is sovereign territory it would be the same as them invading this country. I'm sure the "Empty Chair" set the rigid rules of engagement probably removing the live ammo from the guards. This just a few days after we announced we are going to spend a billion US dollars buying submarines for the Egyptian Navy built in Germany. Obama should be impeached.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • amos2

      There are just too many Democrat slave holders in the House who will prevent Obama’s impeachment. Also, the Senate would never hold a trial because there are too many multimillionaire Democrat slave holders in that body as well. To keep their seats they need to satisfy the Sulzberger MSM Empire, bankers and other assorted Wall Street detritus like George Soros and make sure the people on the urban plantations just receive enough government handouts so they don't riot.

      According to the MSM and the recent polls, there are enough people out there who are ready to reelect Obama. Let's hope this is just wishful thinking. This country couldn't take another 4 years of this Kenyan Communist and his Democrat-Slave party.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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