Praying for this insanity to end!
Violent protests across Middle East target embassies, Pope visit to Lebanon
Published September 14, 2012FoxNews.com
Anti-American violence flared Friday across North Africa and the Middle East, with Muslim mobs reportedly scaling the walls of the U.S. Embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, breaking windows and setting fires.
A Marine team, meanwhile, was on the ground in Yemen Friday as a “precautionary measure” in the wake of violence and protests in the capital city of Sanaa, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Fox News.
Protesters reportedly broke into the German Embassy in Sudan — pulling down its emblem and raising the Islamic flag — and demonstrators in Lebanon burned Kentucky Fried Chicken and Arby’s restaurants while chanting against the pope’s visit to Lebanon.
At least one protester was killed and 25 were injured in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after clashes between police and protesters over an anti-Islam film, security officials said.
In Egypt, protesters in Ciaro’s Tahrir Square could be seen carrying a 4-foot-tall poster of Usama bin Laden, and graffiti reportedly found on the U.S. Embassy there read: “Take care America. We have 1.5 billion bin Ladens.”
In Sudan, gunfire could be heard as protesters broke through a barrier protecting the U.S. Embassy outside Khartoum, according to eye witness accounts. In Tunis, meanwhile, protesters jumped over a wall surrounding the U.S. Embassy there, breaking windows inside the embassy and setting trees on fire, Reuters reported.
Several hundred protesters in Cairo demonstrated blocks away from the U.S. Embassy as the president went on state TV and appealed to Muslims to protect embassies, trying to patch up strained relations with the United States.
The protesters, who gathered after weekly Muslim Friday prayers, tore up an American flag and waved a black, Islamist flag through the streets. When protesters tried to move toward the embassy, they were confronted by lines of police who fired tear gas.
“With our soul, our blood, we will avenge you, our Prophet,” they chanted.
Ahead of the clashes, Islamist President Mohammed Morsi spoke for more than seven minutes on state TV, his most direct public move to contain protests since an angry crowd assaulted the embassy Tuesday night, scaling its walls and tearing down the American flag.
“It is required by our religion to protect our guests and their homes and places of work,” Morsi said. “So I call on all to consider this, consider the law, and not attack embassies, consulates, diplomatic missions or Egyptian property that is private or public.”
He denounced the killing of American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, who died in an attack Tuesday night on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi along with three other Americans.
“This is something we reject and Islam rejects. To God, the attack on a person to Allah is bigger an attack on the Kaaba,” he said, referring to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca.
The region is bracing itself for more protests after traditional mid-day Friday prayers over the anti-Islam film produced in the United States called “Innocence of Muslims.” The movie ridicules the Prophet Muhammad, portraying him as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester.
Morsi’s own Muslim Brotherhood group has called for peaceful protests to denounce the film.
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