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. snewsom2997

    Maybe we should not have ceded control of sovereign US Territory to a bunch of Muji's.Them going over the wall is no different than them invading this country, and they should be treated as such, with volleys of automatic weapon fire, and air strikes to defend the embassy until we can evacuate US citizens and then carpet bomb the entire city, and write Libya off as a mistake never to be repeated.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. The MaD HaCkER

    What muslem holiday is 9/11 and is it going to be celebrated every year from now on?

    September 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alan Beasley

    Why carry on the charade?

    Most world issues begin ... and end with Iran.

    It's unbelievable – and Obama came into office planning to "talk" with the radical leaders in Iran?

    Talk about – "not ready to be president". Obama is over his head and it's obvious.

    In "Legacy of Success" we show how Obama is following a plan that – even if he is unaware – it's eerily identical to Iran's plan for Israel...

    You just can't ignore it – we lay out something like 22 actions Obama has ALREADY done –

    -call for 1967 borders

    -install radicals in Egypt

    -encourage rift between Turkey and Israel

    -resist helping Iran's uprising

    -leak Israelis plans/route/bases

    -end U.S. help in Lebanon

    -publicly disrespect Israelis leaders

    -ignore Iranian plots in the U.S.

    -keep oil prices high – more $$$ to Iran

    and on and on

    Even Obama restoring aid to N. Korea allowed the NK rulers to divert $$$ to misslles technology – that was then sold and shipped to Iran.

    Stunning!

    September 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walt

    Is this another "Satanic Bible" type outburst. Perhaps they are still frustrated with Salman Rushdie.

    September 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sheikh-Obama

    First, stop sending my money to any other country.
    Second, bring all of our troups and all other American personel home to America.
    Third, control all inbound and outbound traffic at the borders of America.
    Fouth, sit back and let the five times a day rug-huggers kill each other.
    All they (Muslims) want to do is visit their False Prophet Muhammad, let'em.
    When steps one through four fail to materialize, because of our corrupt goverment,
    I say tactically nuke the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

    September 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. khrdrtyui

    .free be never can day times five rock to pray and knees their on down get that worshipers dirt hugging rug The

    September 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. iambicpentamaster

    I thought the Muslims were eating out of our hands now that B. Hussein Obama is POTUS.

    What happened?

    September 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frangible

    CNN should tell exactly what flag it was - the black banner.

    "If you see the black banners coming from Khurasan, join that army, even if you have to crawl over ice; no power will be able to stop them – and they will finally read Baitul Maqdis [Jerusalem], where they will erect their flags."

    It is the banner of Al Queda.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. setyijnv0xfh

    Trash.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. setyijnv0xfh

    people who are too lazy to fix their own problems so they make new ones after a long list of never ending excuses

    September 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. setyijnv0xfh

    then like roaches they breed with childeren–lazy people who breed with childern who's first and second purpose in life is to lie to others after lying to themselves–making human drones and clones of one failure after another

    September 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CARLOS COLLAZO JR

    The More This Goverment And Thier Follower Who Claim To Be Patriots Of America..Continue To Turn Thier Backs On-[God]-This Will Get Worst Before It Get's Any Better...

    September 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. setyijnv0xfh

    bad apples become the weak links which makes the good the enemy of the bad–glass ceilings are constructed then lowered then broken rebuilt and lowered again and again so that everyone is the slave of a slave

    September 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    How many time are we going to just sit back and be attacked?It must stop,if we have to destroy MECCA to make the point ,lets do it!We keep hearing its just Radical Muslims that are causing the problem,BS.these people can not see reason.NoN

    September 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kutetyuytr

    inside the mecca stone is the largest single stash of gold on earth protected by a never ending stream of radical brain washed people for hundreds of years

    September 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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