Protests in response at least in part to an anti-Islam film produced in the United States are continuing to pop up at embassies across the world on Friday. Following the violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where attacks killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, protests have erupted in Yemen, Amman, Palestine, Tunis and the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Reports out of the Republic of Tunisia, the northernmost country in Africa, indicate that protesters have scaled a U.S. Embassy gate and set fire to cars on the property. While the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood canceled nationwide protests planned for Friday, violent demonstrations and running battles between police and protesters continued in Cairo into their fourth day. The protests started Tuesday in Egypt, as crowds inflamed by a video mocking the Prophet Muhammad tried to storm the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
One protester has reportedly been killed in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during clashes with security forces, after a crowd set fire to a KFC and Hardee's restaurant. Protesters hurled stones and glass at police in a violent ongoing battle that left 25 people wounded, 18 of them police, the Associated Press reported.
In response to protesters breaching the wall of the diplomatic compound on in Yemen on Thursday, the Pentagon Friday dispatched a team of about 50 Marines to help reinforce security at the American Embassy in the capital, San'a.
"This is partly in response to the violence at the diplomatic compounds in San'a and partially as a precautionary measure," a senior U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal.
While U.S. personnel were removed from the embassy in San'a on Wednesday, before the protests began in Yemen, some diplomats remain in the country. According to WSJ, State Department and defense officials are eager to safeguard them, as well as to protect the embassy compound from further attacks.
Reports indicate that the Marine platoon is the second deployment of Marines to the region this week. After the deadly attack in Benghazi, a team of Marines was sent to Tripoli to reinforce the main embassy there.
German and UK embassies in Sudan were also stormed before being set ablaze, an eyewitness with Sudan's activist group, Sudan Change, told WSJ.
A stampede followed after protesters blocked nearby roads, preventing firefighters from attending the stricken embassy, the eyewitness told the news outlet.
"The German Embassy is on fire now; firefighters cannot get to the scene," the witness said.
Protesters then reportedly made their way to the U.S. Embassy after overwhelming the anti-riot police, Rabie Abdelaty, Sudan's government spokesman.
According to witnesses, cited by WSJ, security guards at the embassy fired at more than 5,000 protesters after they breached the perimeter fence.
"The police is reinforcing security at the U.S. Embassy; government is committed to provide security to embassy staff and their property," Abdelaty said.
In addition, thousands of Kashmiri Muslims protested in India on Friday, burning U.S. flags and calling U.S. President Barack Obama a terrorist, the AP reported.
According to the report, protesters threw stones at the U.S. Consulate in the southern Indian city of Chennai, shattering some windows and burning an effigy of Obama.
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