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. RotalSnart

    Thank You Obama, for bringing us the Arab Spring and the Muslim Brotherhood!

    Obama Akbar!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GlarryB

    Thank you Barack Hussein Obama. You have done more to destroy America's position in the world than any enemy. You should feel proud that you've come close to the "dreams of your father".

    September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yvonne

    Mr. Obama, why do we continue to approve arms shipments, including submarines, to this regime?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mod

    We need to level Cairo...send a strong signal to the Islamic world that we won't put up with their bull%$it......
    Then we ask "whose next"???????

    September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sprdthewrd

    vote November 6th to take the TRASH out of the White House. Counter the dead vote. Obama Akbar no more !!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adam

    A nation's embassy is technically that nation's sovereign soil. US sovereignty was invaded unlawfully by foreign nationals. Why haven't the marines been deployed yet?

    September 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    Its time to take the canal. Let Eygyt completely fall into the abyss.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      Nuke the Canal. That way there is no physical way to use if for 20 years as a minimum and it will be glassed over because of the sand turning to glass.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chuck

    shoot the sob"s and let Allah sort'em out.....

    September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    Wait, this happened on 9/11....Is this some sort of crazy co-incidence? CNN should be ashamed of itself for writing, "apparently in protest of the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed."

    Give me a break.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Agreed – attack our embassy on 9/11. They are sending us a message, I hope we get it.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. flyboy7588

    I'll bet Obama is secretly cheering this in the White House. I cannot believe anyone can be as incompetent as Obama appears to be. He has to be doing this stuff on purpose. God forbid this clown gets re-elected.

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

      Flyboy, go fly away. You a hater. President Obama fights injustice and assures that all Americans participate in prosperity by making the rich pay their fair share. You just can't stand that you no longer in power.

      September 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ytrdghkuytf

    did you know that carl marx and vladmere lenin were would be israelies–go figure

    September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CindyBP

    obama snubs the Israeli Prime Minister
    obama is working with the muslim brotherhood, sending submarines so Egypt can patrol off the coast of Israel
    obama demand God and any mention of Israel removed from the democrat platform (later asked those be put back, after being booed – three times)

    September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Omar

    This is all just a silly misunderstanding. The Arab Spring was a positive development! I know because Hillary Clinton told me so, and that Mubarak was a bad man, and the Islamic Brotherhood had given up their pro Al Qaeda leanings. What? That's all wrong? But what about Islam being a religion of peace? It's all just so confusing. What does our benevolent dictator 0bama have to say about it all, I wonder?

    September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pronghorn

    Good thing we have Obama the brilliant Foreign Policy President in charge!

    September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dr Deb

    What a horrendous way to spend the anniversary of 911.Today, I attempted to post a you tube link on a number of blogs. It was pulled down. I noted that everyone who posted that link had it pulled down also. If you go to you tube and type in Obama Admits He is a Muslim you will be able to see this unless it has been pulled down again.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      What we have to do is keep posting it again and again and again and post it to many different locations so that all sources are never scoured at the same time and this way we can keep him admitting he is a Muslim alive as he has done this in public on a news interview.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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