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. Peik

    The anniversary of 9/11. Thank you, Mr. President.

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

    This is where blind faith gets you.

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

    Ironically next to this news is an oped about 'US Muslims living in fear'... Are we fools or they are very smart?

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

      We're fools for giving money to these people....well, our government is anyways. I wouldn't give Cairo more than a penny of my money if I had the choice.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allah is fecal matter

    Sounds like they don't want our money. Ain't that too bad. I guess we'll have to keep it and they can continue to starve and beat each other to death. It's all good.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff R.

    Mr. Obama please cut off the billions in aid we give to Egypt every year without fail. The islamists have taken over and now another country will go down the toilet.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2cents4free

    Shouldn't they be at the Dutch embassy?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shelley farrell

    Yes, indeed!

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

    And the Muslims feel persecuted in the US? Gee, I wonder why?

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

      So does that mean next time I get harassed by a Christian for something, I can go beat up some other random Christian?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan S

      To Daremonai: No, it doesn't mean you would be justified in attacking a Christian (I'm not Christian, by the way); it means that, as NiceNiecey implies, there is a legitimate reason why Americans are unhappy with Muslims these days.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cha Cha Brown

    YEH ARAB SPRING!!!!!!

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

    so it's a dutch film but they're attacking the american embassy. why exactly?

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

    Soooooo.....DUTCH film, and they're climbing the walls of the US Embassy? And somehow the Dutch Embassy in Cairo is alive with the sound of crickets. This.....THIS is why.

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

    Death to Islam!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. R U 4 Real?

    Sooooo, let me get this straight, if you are mad at the Dutch you should attack a U.S. Embassy? Yeah, thats going to resolve your issues!

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

    Ah, just when things were going so well...

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

    This is the reason why Mubarak should still be in power

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

      The Mubarak regime wasn't sustainable and you know it.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      @Tony – Yea, it only lasted, what, 30 years?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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