Middle East erupts against blasphemous film
Sanaa/Cairo Sep 13: Yemeni police today shot dead a protester and wounded five others when they opened fire on a crowd attempting to storm the US embassy in Sanaa to protest a film mocking Islam, a security official said.
The shooting came as protesters, chanting "O, messenger of Allah... O, Muhammad," launched a second charge on the complex which they had stormed earlier but were ejected by the security forces.
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi apologised to his US counterpart Barack Obama and the American people for the acts of a "mob" and ordered a probe.
"Those who are behind (the attack) are a mob that are not aware of the far-reaching plots of Zionist forces, especially those who made a film insulting the Prophet (SAW)," said Hadi.
Some protesters said they saw three vehicles being torched by some of the demonstrators after they gained access to the compound through an unguarded security gate.
After being evicted from the complex on their first assault, protesters retreated about 100 metres from the gate, gathering near a checkpoint where they chanted anti-Jewish slogans.
They then launched a second bid to access the compound, prompting police to fire on the crowd, witnesses said.
The violent protests in Sanaa come two days after four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed when a Libyan mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, and protesters in Cairo tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with a black Islamic flag.
CLASHES OUTSIDE US EMBASSY IN CAIRO LEAVE 70 INJURED
Egyptian police today clashed with an angry crowd of protesters outside the US embassy here against a film deemed as offensive to Islam, injuring about 70 people.
The crowd clashed with the police throughout the night outside the embassy, where thousands of protesters yesterday climbed on the embassy walls and tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with a black Islamic flag.
Police fired tear gas at protesters banging stones on metal to make noise. Stones were hurled from both sides.
The Health Ministry said 70 people were injured in the clashes and 23 people were detained, state media reported.
Protesters chanted a mix of anti-police songs, commonly sung by football fans and the ultras, and religious slogans.
"I am here to defend the Prophet and to protest the securitymen who are Muslims and yet preventing me from letting my voice be heard. Nothing has changed under (President Mohamed) Morsi. The revolution will prevail," said protester Abdallah al-Masry, 27, of the Movement of the Revolutionaries of the Egyptian Street.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Mursi slammed the film but warned against the use of violence.
"We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our Prophet. I condemn and oppose all who... Insult our Prophet (SAW)," Morsi said.
"(But) it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad," said the president, who is on a visit to Brussels.
"I call on everyone to take that into consideration, not to violate Egyptian law... Not to assault embassies," he added.
The documentary film had also sparked fury in Libya where four Americans including the ambassador were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood called for peaceful protests tomorrow.
Hundreds of Iranians Thursday shouted anti-US slogans and protested against a movie that allegedly insults Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Xinhua reported.
Carrying placards against the film, the protesters gathered in front of the Swiss embassy in Tehran which represents the US interests in Iran, and shouted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
The film has also ignited violent protests in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tehran "strongly" condemns the film which insults Islamic ideals, Xinhua quoted the Mehr news agency as saying.
Mehmanparast called the movie "loathsome", and that the US was "responsible" for what he termed insults "directed against Islamic beliefs.
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