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Protesters storm US embassy in Sanaa - witnesses

Attack follows storming of Consulate in Benghazi and protests against film outside Cairo embassy

Protesters storm US embassy in Sanaa - witnesses
(AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators stormed the US embassy in Sanaa on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, and security guards tried to hold them off by firing into the air.

The attack followed Tuesday night's storming of the US Consulate in Benghazi, where the ambassador and three other staff were killed. President Barack Obama said the perpetrators would be tracked down and ordered two destroyers to the Libyan coast, but there were fears protests would spread to other countries in the Muslim world.

Young demonstrators shouting "we redeem, Messenger of God" smashed windows of the security offices outside the embassy with stones and burned cars before breaking through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa. Others held aloft banners declaring 'Allah is Greatest'.

Tyres blazed outside the compound and protesters scaled the walls.

"We can see a fire inside the compound and security forces are firing in the air. The demonstrators are fleeing and then charging back," one witness told Reuters.

Witnesses said there were some injuries on both sides but gave no exact figures.

Yemen, a key US ally, is home of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is viewed by Washington as the most dangerous branch of the militant network established by Osama bin Laden.

Yemen is fighting an al Qaeda-backed insurrection largely in the south of the country.

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Ernest Coeurderoy 8 years ago

It's sad on so many levels.
The protesters do not realize that they are instrumentalized.

If they saw the movie. they did not know who did it.
Not that any movie justify violence, the people attacked and in the case of Libya killed have no relationship whatsoever with the movie makers (to be precise, to the person who did the dubbing to transform a bad movie in an insulting one).
The person who made the movie obviously wanted to create trouble, by attributing his funding to "100" Jews (try to get exactly 100 persons to agree to anything ...)
he successfully created more hate against Jews among the illiterates who will never bother to learn the truth as it unfolds.
And hate against Muslims among the prejudiced among occidentals who will only see the imbeciles rioting and believe that they represent all Muslims.
Somebody should explain to the masses that responsibility can only be individual, never ever collective.