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. Mermaid57

    Let me get this straight....people watch at DUTCH film they think insults Mohammed, and they march on the US Embassy? Good grief, perhaps these people should stop protesting long enough to take a geography lesson. Hatred knows no bounds, does it? And on the anniversary of 9/11? Shame on these hateful, violent people!

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

      Agreed, these people are swine and our financial support for Egypt's Islamic government should be withdrawn, the same should be done to Pakistan, another unfriendly Islamic government.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • raul

      i don't know, we were attacked by the Saudi's on 9/11, so we took it out on Iraq. so its all about the same.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nagrad

      Hatred and ignorance know(s) no bounds apparently.

      This is why Religious nuts of ALL faiths make me sick.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Shoot them, stop with the warning shots, the embassy is American property!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Drew

    So to protest a Dutch film they try to storm an American embassy....

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Skippy

    1. That is an act of war, as US Embassy grounds are considered American soil.
    2. Screw warning volleys – shoot to kill.
    3. Gotta love the "peace loving Muslims" commiting acts of violence to protest a perceived affront to their joke of a religion.

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

      Before you spout off international law, at least know the basis of it. Under the Vienna Conventions dealing with embassies, there is no such statement that says an embassy is the sovereign soil the country that is there. The US Embassy is land loaned/given/leased to the US government but what still remains in effect Egyptian soil This is not an "act of war".

      September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      A rowdy protest is an act of war??

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Where are a few drone aircraft when you need them?? 🙂

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce Walden

    I named my dogs rectum Muhammed. How's that grab ya? We are not subject to Islamic law here folks.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Seriously?

    @KWS: Put your tin-foil hat back on and go back to watching Fox Snooze. Not EVERYTHING is Obama's fault, you know. Only simpletons think so simplistically. His "grand plan" for "weakening America"? – Really? Did you miss today's report that Dubya ignored not one but SIX written warnings about 9/11? How about getting behind our President instead of just trashing him? Better yet, how about climbing out of your La-Z-Boy and doing something to help change things for the better instead of whining?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orchid333

      Well said.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    This just HAS to be Israel's fault. where are all the nincompoops who love to constantly bemoan Israel's troubling the world??. You want to lay in bed with dogs, do NOT be surprised you are now waking up with fleas and ticks!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SayItLoud

    Prophet Mohammed is a defiler or little boys.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve in AZ

    How about a "Beer Summit" with Barack Obama and the Muslim extremists to settle things. Oh, wait....Islam...alcohol...um...no, that won't work. But, ya know....if Obama had a son, he'd be scaling the US embasy walls, too.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slogun

      And you you had a tiny bit of smarts, you'd realize what a stupid comment that is.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rhastuss

    Barry's Foreign Policy has just become as big a failure as his Economy Policy.

    he urged these people to take control, he must reap what he hath sowed.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slogun

      I see it didn't take the Fox News Ditto Heads to blame Obama for this.

      It's also Obamafault that your mother didn't abort you.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cuisdy

    I question the logic behind storming a UNITED STATES embassy because they're mad about a DUTCH film.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    Dutch = United State of America ???

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Muslims take over U.S. Embassy after country comes under Islamic control. I think I've seen this movie before. Ask Jimmy Carter how it worked out for his reelection.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Muslim's aren't the brightest people in the world. I mean...they wear thick heavy wool outfits in the middle of scorthing 100+ degree deserts! Talk about smarts. 🙂

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

      Muslim's aren't the brightest people in the world...that's because they get their information from Fox News.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sinfully Yours

    Mohammed must have gotten a real Dutch Steamer in the film for the mop-tops to be this upset. 😉

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    Wow. So, they choose 911 as their day to make a point? Let not visit Egypt for a couple decades and see how they feel without American dollars lining their pockets.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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