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. Mike

    I wish to commend the American Troops for maintaining their cool and followed orders to fire warning shots and not going 'Colombo' . I served proudly like you for 26 plus years.

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

    CNN changed the article. What's going on CNN ?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Aster L

    This is totally outrageous. These people are barbaric and seem incapable of functioning along side non-islamists.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Teaparty01

    Strange this happenned on the Sept 11 Anniversary; or is it ?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce Walden

    Obama will do nothing, as his model Jimmy "Peanut-picker" Carter did nothing in '79. Welcome to the new Egypt folks. Oh, and to my friend Molly in Egypt, how's that whole free Egypt gig working for you?

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

    "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." THAT is part of what free speech is all about! Sorry if your feelings are poked.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Simmons

    A very misleading and incomplete article by CNN. This story makes no sense at all. Just what I have grown to expect from CNN

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CommonSense

    This is why Islam can never be considered a "religion of peace". It is all about violence and hate.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nigel Powers

    There are 2 things that Egyptians hate: people who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ModerateTN

    This is wonderful news actually, this should free up a few billion dollars to bring back home. We should shoot off a thank you note to the Dutch while were at it.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jcarob

    In the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "The chickens are coming home to roost." Are not these the same people who were praised ad nauseum after Mubarak was thrown under the bus by our current Administration?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Jordan

    Seeing religious fanaticism like this makes me thank my lucky stars I'm an atheist.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. F egypt

    Stop all aid to egypt. Pull out all US citizens. Let them wallow in their prophet.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lazurite

    This, over a Dutch film "thought" to insult the Prophet Mohammed? So, they are storming the US Embassy because....?

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

      Because we are a melting pot. Probably some Dutch here. If you want to attack anyone attack the US.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      They just have to find someone, anyone to kill in the name of Mohammed. Morons, and that is why they will end up in hell.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    Time for an Obamapology to calm them down.

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

      you think ones coming?

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

      He will probably apologize for Sept 11th, and cite conspiracy theorists and claim it was the former administration's fault and the jews. Then he will promise them more foreign aid to help their people. Thus the transition of wealth is starting.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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