Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and pulled
down the American flag during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said. Egyptian media say the movie was recently produced in the United States by an anti-Muslim group. The film depicted Muhammad as a fraud, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
It was not immediately clear which film angered protesters. However, the Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who angered Muslims by burning a copy of the Koran, was due to take part in an event on Tuesday called "International Judge Mohammad Day" in Florida in which it would symbolically put the Prophet on trial and play it out live over the Internet.
In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters raised a black flag often used by Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups with the words "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger", a Reuters reporter said.
In another incident prompted by similar sentiments last month, a lone man attacked the German embassy with homemade nail bombs and a hammer with which he cracked glass at the entrance, following a report about a protest in Germany where demonstrators bore caricatures of the Prophet
outside a mosque.
In: World News, Other Middle East
Tags: Egypt, Cairo, Demonstrations, Tensions, Invade, American, Embassy, Capture, Destroy, Replace, American, Flag, Islam, Islamists, Muslims, 9/11
Location: Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt (load item map)
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