WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - U.S. embassies across the Arab world have come under attack over an anti-Muslim film made in the states.
One person was killed and 25 people hurt in Lebanon as police attempted to quell a riotous crowd of 300 protesters.
Protests over the offensive anti-Islamic film spread to Lebanon Friday as at least 300 people stormed the city of Tripoli, according to reports. Riot police took to the protesters after they set a KFC restaurant on fire, upon the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI into the nation.
The Pope came to Lebanon for a three-day-long visit with the intent to encourage Christian-Muslim coexistence and subjugate religious extremism.
During the course of the demonstrations, protesters scaled the walls of U.S. embassies in Sudan and Tunisia, clashing with security. In Cairo, police fired tear gas and deployed armored vehicles in an attempt to prevent protesters from getting near the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. The Associated Press reports that protests happened in around 20 countries, with the most violent gatherings happening in the Middle East. Media reports describe the mood around these protests as being “furious.”
But the violence in Sudan overshadowed most of the protests. Protesters were urged to spray graffiti on the German and U.S. embassies. Soon, part of the Germany Embassy would be set on fire, along with a trash can and a parked car.
“America has long been an enemy to Islam and to Sudan,” Sheik Mohammed Jizouly said, according to the AP.
Thousands of Sudanese protesters moved forward toward the U.S. Embassy. As protesters tried to move in on the embassy, police began to open fire on protesters. The AP reports that it is unclear whether any protesters made it on to the grounds. Police would also fire tear gas, sending the protesters away from the embassy. Three protesters are possibly dead, but their deaths have not been confirmed, according to the AP.