Protesters attack U.S. embassies, consulateFri Sep 14, 2012 07:5072.201.40.216Protesters attack U.S. embassies, consulate
Clashes a day earlier around the U.S. Embassy in Sana claimed the lives of four protesters and wounded 38 other people, the Yemeni Interior Ministry said Friday. Ten soldiers were reportedly among the injured after the Thursday assault and pillaging of the embassy, which led to the arrests of eight people in connection with the attack, Yemeni officials said.
Witnesses in Yemen said a fifth person was killed Friday as protests continued. Though religious scholars condemned the violence along with the Internet video in their Friday sermons, clashes flared on main roads and side streets as protesters tried unsuccessfully to reach the embassy.
[Updated 1:18 p.m. Sept. 14: A 28-year-old protester died Friday after being struck by rubber bullets to his throat and chest, his cousin told The Times. The man had joined protests after praying at Omar Makram Mosque, according to his cousin.]
The crowds were divided between peaceful protesters, summoned by the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest party in parliament, and a more violent group bent on confrontation and storming the American Embassy. Young men wishing to charge the U.S. Embassy hurled rocks against police, who fired canisters of tear gas, sending puffs of acrid smoke across downtown Cairo.
It was a back-and-forth as the more violent protesters charged the way to the U.S. Embassy blocked by police with riot shields. Every few minutes, the boom of tear gas canisters rang out.
Wounded demonstrators were lifted into ambulances and more people would reinforce the few hundred fighters. Some men yelled at a man with a long knife tucked in his pants to stay away from the area and children, no older than 12, tied bandannas around their mouths as they picked up rocks and joined the scrum.
The Friday protests that spanned the Muslim world from Indonesia to Nigeria and a slew of other countries were initially triggered by the movie “Innocence of Islam,” which was filmed in Southern California and has been linked to Egyptian Christian activists living in the United States. Video clips of the movie available on YouTube mock Muhammad as a womanizer and a child molester.
Violence first broke out Tuesday in Egypt and Libya after the video had been dubbed into Arabic and aired on a religious television channel in Egypt. Four Americans were killed as Libyan militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
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