US embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed
14 September 2012, 08:54
Demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday
in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American
warships headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in
related violence earlier in the week.
Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators broke through the main gate of
the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, shouting "We sacrifice
ourselves for you, Messenger of God". Earlier they smashed windows of
security offices outside the embassy and burned cars.
"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. A security source said at least 15
people were wounded, some by bullets. An embassy spokesman said its
personnel were reported to be safe.
In Egypt, protesters hurled stones at a police cordon around the
U.S. embassy in central Cairo after climbing into the embassy and
tearing down the American flag. The state news agency said 13 people
were injured in violence which erupted on Wednesday night after protests
Islamist gunmen staged a military-style assault on the U.S.
consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi, eastern Libya on Tuesday.
The U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died
in the assault, carried out with guns, mortars and grenades. Eight
Libyans were injured.
U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" those
responsible and the U.S. military moved two navy destroyers towards the
Libyan coast, in what a U.S. official said was a move to give the
administration flexibility for any future action against Libyan targets.
Obama said security was being increased at U.S. diplomatic posts
around the globe and on Thursday the U.S. consulate in Berlin was
partially evacuated after an employee fell ill on opening a suspicious
About 1,000 Bangladeshi Islamists tried to march on the U.S.
embassy in Dhaka after protests earlier in the week outside U.S.
missions in Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco.