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. what do you people want

    what do you people want? us to attack the whole middle east and cause ww3? because i dont have you played call of duty mw3?? modern warfare 3? it will be horrible hahaha

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

    @KWS. You need to come to grips with the fact that the US government was arming Israel's sworn enemies before President Obama was elected. Notice how powerful Geroge W. Bush made Saudi Arabia with US weapons and military bases. Sauds and Jews literally HATE each other. Worse than German Catholics hated Jews of Nazi Germany even.
    Israel is going down...all used up.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Muslims would do well to learn to worship in their privacy with confidence. It's not the middle-ages anymore, and the rest of the civilized world will simply not tolerate a religion if cannot differentiate its mainstream from its extremism.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joseywails

    This is erie...almost like the 1979 storming of the American embassy in Iran. Glad to hear it was evacuated prior to this event. Hope the end result is like the 1980 election!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim Jordan

    These folks don't understand it's a Dutch film that insults the Prophet Muhammad? Guess they don't have an embassy in Cairo? Wow.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Warning shots? That's sovereign US territory! Fire for effect!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Troy

    Meanwhile, US Muslims live in fear.

    L O L

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. skeleton_pilot

    I guess to them, americans and dutch and people of race not theirs are all the same...........

    September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NYVeteran

    They held a revolution for this? Like Iraq, there is a reason that only strong man regimes succeed. While I would idyllically like to see everyone free, I also want to see a safe world and can live with some people being more repressed than others. Some people simply can handle freedom.

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

      That is because your version of freedom is something that you are comfortable with for your own interests!!!!!! That is not freedom you describe it's more you can live with the world because your comfortable here in America with the status quo!!!!!!

      Try being a poor kid in America, if we are to be a truly free society there would not be 4 million people in prison in America like there are today!!!!!!!!!! We would not need police to patrol every neighborhood in America, so to pretend something is not wrong with the American system only comes from two things.

      Ignorance or naivety Which one are you?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • NY Veteran

      I am happily free. I respect the freedom of others until they fail to repect mine. They I expect to see their freedom taken away. If the American system as you call it didnt work, why is everyone from every 3rd world country trying to get here? Your anger doesnt change the facts. If they cant handle freedom they do not deserve it and deserve the Mubaraks and Sadats that bring relative calm and order. Perhaps they should do less protesting and more working to make their society better?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lila

    I really really want to go to Egypt to see the pyramids in the near future, but this nutty stuff makes it too dangerous. The country makes so much money from tourists you would think economics would over ride fanaticism.

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

    woo pee du

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

    2 million ccs of Valuim, STAT!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Realist

    This is the behavior of a "peaceful religion"? I guess is was s slow day of persecuting women for educating themselves and they needed something to do.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ThoughtSo

    What moderates?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Borque

    That'll teach those crazy Dutch filmmakers!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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