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. AmericanWaxwing

    Do you get it now?! Thanks in part to Pres. Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken control of Egypt. Here you see the fruits. This same thing is happening in other middle-eastern countries. Wake up, people.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kellen

      Yeah I know. Why did Obama control the rebelion. Makes me sick. Wake up AmericanWaxwing. Your boy Bush occupied two Middle Eastern countries before Obama was in office. Take you propaganda and go watch your Fox News.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Man learn history. Both Repubs and Dems are responsible for creating this mess. Who do you think trained Osama Bin Laden? The CIA did under Reagan.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HZ

    nice job obama to help muslim brotherhood get hold of egypt.......

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rhastuss

    The embassy personnel should wipe their rears with pages from the koran and toss them to the crowd.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Funny, these holy extremists take a crap on the coran everytime they kill someone in its name

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CNNuthin

    And now for the internet to create a counter protest by asking all young independent film makers to make films that insult the Prophet Mohammed and post the videos online. (Btw <('.'<) <–Look I drew the Prophet. Time to protest)

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jose

    Now more reason for US to *not* get involved in any Islamist affair whatsoever, including Syria.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Why do Americans keep helping other countries? I think its time to take care of home and let them sort thru their own business. Funny how they kill in the name of god, when that is the very reason why they will buirn in hell.....

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kellen

    Why the hell would they storm the US Embassy for a Dutch film? Do these people not understand the difference?

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

      No, they just have to kill in the name of their god. It doesn't matter who dies.........

      September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Noshelter8

    sickening. We need to leave the middle east NOW. Let these animals stay in the stone age if that wish it so much.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. enlightened apeman

    ignoran muslims doing what they do best....what a useless religion...

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trace

    We need to get Obama to make another speech in Egypt apologizing for the US

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    I estimate that approx. 10% of Mubarack's personal fortune was made by allowing Israelis to smuggle black market diamonds, guns, etc. through the dozens of tunnels leading from Israel into Egypt.
    And why are these tunnels still being allowed to operate? Ea. one can be seen via satellite, just like the ones lining our southern border.
    Why aren't they all closed down?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Duke One

    How about that Arab Spring ?!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. T. Mabry

    Geez another Islamist ruled country burns an American flag on 9/11. Shocking. Guess we better send them another billion dollars or so. That is our foreign policy right?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    Uh yeah Egyptians, maybe you didn't get the memo but of all the days out of the year to be committing war-like acts against the USA, this is the last day you should choose to do it.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony Merlo

    They are "insulted" by a film and do this...? Try being a conservative Cnristian in America! Unbelievable...

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

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

      Yeah, you're so oppressed. Must be tough.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • another dude

      @some dude
      Offended, not oppressed. Some people can't read. Geez!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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