US embassies attacked as anti-Islam film protests widenBy BBC | Friday, September 14 2012 at 20:03
Protesters angered by a film made in the US and mocking Islam have attacked Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan.
Protesters in Khartoum entered the US compound, while the German and UK embassies were also attacked. The US compound in Tunis was also breached by protesters, who started a fire in the car park as police fired shots.
There were further clashes in Yemen and Egypt. One person in Lebanon has died.
Protests began on Tuesday against the film, which was made in the US.
However, the film - clips of which were dubbed into Arabic and distributed online - has no link to either Germany or the UK.
The film's exact origin and the motivation behind its production remain a mystery.
In Tunisia, hundreds of protesters entered the embassy compound and set fire to several vehicles in the car park.
Police have fired shots, but it is not clear whether these are rubber bullets or live rounds.
Demonstrators raised a black flag bearing the Islamic proclamation of faith: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."
The American school in Tunis has also been set on fire.
The German embassy in Khartoum was set partially alight. Demonstrators tore down the German flag and hoisted an Islamic banner in its place.
The German Foreign ministry confirmed all its staff in Khartoum were safe.
In Cairo, police firing tear gas pushed about 500 protesters back from the US embassy. The streets nearby have been blocked with barbed wire, concrete and police vehicles.
Islamist groups and others had called for a peaceful "million-man march" in the city, but a number withdrew those calls on Friday.
The Muslim Brotherhood of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy said it would organise marches and sit-ins in front of mosques - but none outside the US embassy in Cairo.
After talks with Italian leaders in Rome, President Morsy reiterated his government's determination to protect foreign diplomats on its soil. He also condemned the film as unacceptable.
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