Turmoil in the middle east spread to Sana, Yemen today, as citizens remain enraged at anti-Islam filmmaker Sam Bacile's film The Innocence of Muslims. Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen just two days after a rocket attack killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, with protesters also gathering in Cairo, Egypt.
The New York Times reports:
News reports also spoke of a separate protest in Tehran, where around 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America” tried to converge on the Swiss Embassy, which handles United States interests in the absence of formal diplomatic relations with Washington. Hundreds of police officers held the crowds back from the diplomatic compound, which Swiss officials had evacuated as a precaution, Agence France-Presse said.
For a third straight day, protesters scuffled with police in Cairo, news reports said, while in Iraq, a militant Shiite group, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, once known for its violent attacks on Americans and other Westerners, said the video “will put all American interests in danger.”
In Sana, witnesses said Yemeni security forces had tried to disperse a crowd at the fortified embassy compound in the east of Sana, the capital. But protesters broke through an outer perimeter protecting the embassy, clambering over a high wall and setting fire to a building.
Following the attack, Yemen's President, Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi, apologized to President Obama and ordered a full investigation of the incident.
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