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. Matt

    wow...the anti-christ is NOT one person...but an entire CULT

    September 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blarg

      All religions are cults. Your religion is no better than theirs.

      September 12, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brett

    Muslims insults Jesus, My God's messenger every day, how is insulting muhammad any different

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

      II feel sorry for the dead Ambassador and his family but we do not and can not dare even to say something wrong about Jesus Bless him. He is holy to us as Moses and all Gods messengers. It is a sin in Islam to say anything bad about him or any of Gods messengers. I hope mercy and peace for the Ambassador family. I really feel painful for this innocent person and family that have nothing to do with the incident. Wish and hope peace and justice gets served. There are evil people on both sides that do bad and innocent people pay the price. God have Mercy on all of us living until we get back to him then we all see fair and actual justice from the source of mercy and justice.

      September 12, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. ryjhvxf

    a poligamist

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

    Why wasn't the flag removed when the embassy was evacuated?

    September 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jan hayes

      Last year during the 9/11 rememberance...Michelle leaned over with a disgusted look on her face and said "all of this for a damm flag!" Her husband with a sarcastic grin...nodded.

      Well, the American flag, a symbol of of the United States, is going to be the undoing of Obama. Thank you God!

      September 12, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. bfgjhvcd

    everything is going towards more pain and more suffering

    September 12, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • wingshot51

      Not to worry Obama is looking for someone to bow to, all will be OK soon.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bfgjhvcd

    and far far less money oops

    September 12, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark Person

    And we apologize – what an idiotic administration.

    September 12, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Justusthem

      With our apology, maybe we should send them more money. yeah

      September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. jeff

    how interesting this occurred on the same day that Obama denied the Israeli Prime Minister's request for a meeting while he was in Washington because his schedule was "full"... Yet Obama is scheduled to appear on Letterman. Why were the Marines (posted to all US Embassies) not ordered to open fire on these Islamist zealot thugs as soon as our sovereignty was invaded. The silence from the White House is deafening.

    September 12, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Todd

    Fellow Americans should take the embassy attack seriously and to heart, as well as other matters in the Middle East. Here's the deal... It is not our flag that gives us power, but our God who has blessed us. Our flag is just another flag – without God it and we are powerless. US elected officials who are non believers or cling to their religion of evolution or atheism have all but banished our Lord from the public while allowing our Protestant roots to be trampled on. Ancient Israel thought for a while they were all that and more... until they lost sight of the very God who blessed them with power and might. This can easily happen to the USA as well. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    September 12, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert J

    Finally, a politician who understands a non-violent stance to aggression is the right approach. Martin Luther King would be proud!

    September 12, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nam Marine

    Time for some U.S. asskickery!

    September 12, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. iambicpentamaster

    Mrs. StainMaker, the U.S. Secretary of State, is in WAY over her head.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • wingshot51

      Very true

      September 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    My prayers go out to this ambassador and these other diplomates staffers families.I hope they find these terrorists and bring them to justice,these criminals will not go unpunished and should feel the rath of the American people,just like BinLaden,you can run but ya can't hide,you will be found whether dead or alive!!Take note terrorists when these scoundrels are arrested,your punishment will be like that of theirs if you do much of the same,think well,you won't go unpunished and you won't be a martyr either!!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bonnie

    ahany: What are yu talking about!? The embassador killed was in Libya, NOT Egypt! And the guy was killed by the U.S> NATO-backed rebels.

    As for the Egyptians, good on them! They picked the actual arm of israel, the U.S. who has the weaponry, and who will attack whoever israel wants.

    NO WAR

    NO IRAN WAR!

    September 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      I'm so glad that you support muslim terrorists. Why don't you go join them? See how much they support you.

      September 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dr bugsy

    Obama should have thought of increasing security before his policies destabilized the region and they started murdering Americans.

    Another foreign policy failure.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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