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. Concerned Mom of 5

    Mohammed portrait: (*)

    September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jackjeck

    Time for another Draw Muhammad Day.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oh Jeez

    Can't wait for obama's limp-wristed, pc reply to this staredown of the US by the extremists. I guarantee one of the following (3) elements:

    1. He stands "shoulder to shoulder" with someone
    2. Supports religious freedom and freedom of speech
    3. Urges calm

    and will definitely not take ANY kind of action although may, if pushed, "carefully consider all options".

    September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. douglas

    I am a pretty moderate, non-religious American. How, I feel right now... Close the embassy, pull out all Americans, Cut off ALL MONEY. If they screw with us any more, Nuke Them. Sorry, this crap needs to stop. We put up with their sick crap for the last 50 years to aid Israel, but in the end it gets us nothing. They would attack Israel if they could, so, let's just put an end to this nonsense once and for all and tell them to stuff-it. Egypt is not an oil producing country, that is why they need aid from the USA. The are a backwards Muslim country that will never prosper without huge aid. Just let them go, heck with them. Back to the stone age if that is what they want. Good riddance....

    September 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      yeah nuke them. Real moderate. Anybody who glorifies bloodshed and violence as much as you, should be forced to experience it.

      Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword

      September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      You said it Jonathan..."Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword

      ".....looks like the Muslims have been living by the sword forever. Only one way to deal with that mentality and it's not diplomacy. It's what Allah would understand....

      September 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oh Jeez

    Respected Members of the US Military –

    If you are allowed to shoot these nutcases, please pee on their corpses!
    The American people have spoken.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fort Worth Yankee

    Egypt wants the US to forgive $1 BILLION in US tax payer loans, so they can buy German made submarines. Obama is going to do it, and I'm guessing the black muslium flag to a false profit is going to be ordered by him to stay there and replace the US Flag. Wasn't it just a month or two ago these same Egyption people spit at and threw tomatos (probibly donated by the US) Hillary Clinton when she was on a state visit there?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wayne Z.

    Remember Obama and Hillary telling us these were just peaceful students looking to establish a democracy in Egypt? When are we going to put these lying cur out of office already......Happy Sept. 11th religion of Peace!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick Simm

    We need more friends like Egypt. Please President Obama, send Egypt a couple more billion taxpayer dollars so they can rip down the American flag. We can buy their friendship like we do with Pakistan.
    By the way Obama, how are your foreign policies working? Are you still playing more hours of golf than working on the economy?
    Obama, done in one.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      Obama is the worst. All he does is appologize to these people. If he is so ashamed of the US then why doesn't he return to his native Kenya and leave us alone.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott Evan

    Enjoy the fruits of the Obama administration's foreign policy. This is only the beginning.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BruceS

      Looks like Obama's "chickens are coming home to roost...". God, please deliver us from this vapid administration!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    The Owebama White House and Owebama State Department ran by he and Hillary Clinton, who wants to be President in 2016, both allowed this attack and have issued an apology by the US Embassy to the terrorist mob, after they broke into our Embassy and burned our flag. Vote accordingly.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. politicaljules

    They are protesting on some obscure movie that is not even out and no one has ever heard of. This is being staged, and I think our leadership is responsible. Just like the Koran burning was staged. We live in a time where some very evil people are in power

    September 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I see less and less reason to respect Muslims in general – even the ones who aren't extremists. While they're not necessarily participating in terrorism, I hear no outcry from them either. They cry for tolerance while being violent. Pitiful. I wish Mohammad were around to talk some sense into these jerks.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJojams

      Jim, mad mo would be on their side! Read their friggin book if you don't believe me! He had a poetess killed, in front of her children, for her mocking him! READ THEIR BOOK!! And you'll find that these "extremists" are actually the pious and devote followers of mad mo and his edicts of his god! Please, for the love of peace, READ IT!!! mohammed is not like ANY other actual "religious" prophet EVER!! And he didn't espouse peace! Not to mention abrogation and what that entails. please...please...world!! READ what mad mo created and you'll see!

      September 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. talkic.com

    Shut it down or build higher walls.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dredd

    So, this is the "Arab Spring" that Obama and the Democrats were taking credit for...

    September 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. xfiler93

    Why do we even have an embassy there in that third world rathole?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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