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Anti-Islam Film Protest: More US Embassies Burnt!

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The protests against a film believed to have insulted Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) continued on Friday as protesters stormed American facilities in Sudan, Yemen and Tunisia. After the Friday prayers in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, protesters marched on the US Embassy and attempted to force their way in. The American flag in front of the embassy was removed and replaced with a black flag. a number of vehicles in the embassy’s parking lot were also set ablaze, resulting in thick black smoke that hung in the skies for hours. Policemen promptly moved in to restore order but found it difficult to put the protesters under control. The presence of armoured personnel carriers and policemen on horseback did not deter the protesters.

In Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, protesters marched from local mosques and swooped on the British and German embassies burning the German Embassy in the process. The protesters who were apparently prepared moved to the US Embassy in cars and buses. The protesters scaled walls, broke glasses before setting the embassy ablaze. Three people have been reported killed in Khartoum.

In Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, the US Embassy also came under attack as about 2,000 protesters marched on the embassy. The American Defense department has sent 50 marines to Yemen to secure the embassy there. In Tripoli, Libya, angry protesters torched a KFC outlet.

Protests were also recorded in Gaza where the ruling Hamas called on people to turn up for protests after Friday prayers. The protest was peaceful until the protesters encountered Israeli police as they tried to march out of the old city.

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