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. anonymous

    Why is there nothing about the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD in this article?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Exador

    Apparently the Egyptians have forgotten that they have almost no oil. We don't need to be nice to them. Withdraw all money and advise against tourism. Let them dry up in their desert.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pounce Kitty

    Another brilliant success for Obama and Hillary. Wow, are they foreign policy whiz kids! Obama has brought the US to a new low internationally and this sort of thing will only get worse. Moslem freaks know that Obama won't lift a finger to defend the USA.

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

      zzzzzzz Nothing noteworthy or remotely factual in your post.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Never forget

      Much of it is factual. Why don't you try and point out what isn't true. The middle east is on fire and the muslim idiots have rule now all under the leadership of this little boy in the White House. Only a fool could not see that.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    Time to demand an appology, stop our aid package immediately and then pull our embassy out! Can't immagine how these folks just spit in our faces!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. P

    so much for the apology tour and bo bringing everyone together

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

    Yesterday in the news: We are sending u boats to Egypt. Why, President Obama, are we doing this?? If it is not the muslims- then it is the 10s of thousands of sociopaths within the muslim culture, tearing up our flag. And if we send aide to a government that has been taken over by these kinds of muslims, is this not abetting? I a mafraid we have sociopaths in our own country screaming for it's demise and ready, also, to trample the flag. Could we have the WH? Prove you are not by meeting with Netanyahu..NOW.


    September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mandfkiwsa

    Bad timing by these fools to protest at the U.S. Embassy. I suppose their cause is really going to look better in the eyes of the world now. Extremely dumb and foolish strategy. I wonder what they would say if Americans scaled the walls of a Middle Eastern embassy on a day when Islamic heroes were martyred? Wow, I am stunned by the colossal dumbness of this kind of activity.

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

      Maybe if Obama didn't tell the mainstream media to keep repeating over and over how evil Mubarak was, and NOT supported the Arab Spring, maybe Egypt would not be such a violent place like it is now.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe 6 Pack

    What is the name of this movie, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JustAGuy

    Let us all remember how Obama supported these Arab Springers as we on the right kept shouting how that was such a foolish idea.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge

      Hell yeah Obama supported them. As he supported gay marriage, universal healthcare, and abortion (women's healthcare). 10/10 President to be honest. What did George W. Bush do? Oh right, sent us to the brink of destruction. And Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both don't have any desire to help out the country.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    Did the U.S. Embassy also condemn the actions of the barbarian fundamentalist that scaled the wall and desecrated our flag?? After what happened in Iran in the late 70's, shouldn't someone climbing our embassy walls be shot?

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

      should light em up!!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fareed

    A Rent-A-Mob sent out by a TV personality to boost his ratings was sent home by an Egyptian Army unit. Nothing else to see here folks, move along.

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

      Yeah right. These people hate the USA. even as we pump billions into the Muslim countries.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. skyking239

    Jimmy Carter's second term. If there are no reprisals for this aggression the next mob will take US hostages. They should have attempted to repel the mob. Instead the embassy staff cowered and the Marine guards were ordered to just watch. The Islamic world is at war with us. Appeasement has not and will not work with these fanatics. Impeach the Muslim in the White House Now!

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

      Yahoo Cowboy shoot em all. That'll show them damned Muslims not to mess with Uncle Sam. So they climbed a wall...raised a flag and left. An unarmed bunch of unemployed Egyptians and you want to declare war? I for one think we've had enough war for awhile. Problem is....there's one lurking over in Iran!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bit

    Just another offshoot of the Arab Spring. Peaceful protests. Mr. Obama might want to go back to Cairo and give another speech. Where is Anderson Cooper when we need him. He also should return to the Square and tells us about Arab democracy.

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

    Never would have thought something like this would happen?

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

    dont worry...the muslim leader of the free world will ensure you get our money. oyoyobama and hitlery really did a great job getting the muslim bro's into power.

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