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1 killed in clashes with Yemeni security forces at U.S. embassy in Sanaa

English.news.cn   2012-09-13 19:27:14            

Yemeni demonstrators climb up the front door of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, on Sept. 13, 2012. At least one protestor was killed in clashes when Yemeni security forces tried to disperses hundreds of angry demonstrators who gathered around and inside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said. (Xinhua/Mohammed Mohammed)

SANAA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least one protester was killed in clashes when Yemeni security forces tried to disperses hundreds of angry demonstrators who gathered around and inside the U.S. embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.

Officials of the Yemeni Interior Ministry told Xinhua that the security forces restored order to the U.S. embassy and drove the protesters out of the diplomatic complex.

Cloud of smoke could still been seen rising in the direction of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa as the situation around the embassy was tense as more angry people were still attempting to breach security blocks on roads leading to the complex.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi condemned the attack in the U.S. embassy in Sanaa and ordered an investigation into the incident, according to a brief statement carried out by the state Saba news agency.

Witnesses said the protesters earlier in the day scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy and entered the courtyard and "burn three cars parking inside the embassy."

"Bodyguard of the embassy shot dead one protester and fired tear gas and heavy machine guns into the air in attempt to disperse the angry young protesters who gathered around the embassy since early morning," a protester in Sanaa told Xinhua.

"The protesters came spontaneously from many different neighborhoods in Sanaa to protest at the U.S. embassy," he said.

Meanwhile, an official from the interior ministry told Xinhua that "the main building of the U.S. embassy is still well protected by Yemeni and U.S. security forces, but some protesters managed to climbe into the external walls of the embassy and entered the courtyard.

"The situation now is under control and the roads leading to the embassy were blocked," he said on condition of anonymity.

However, eyewitnesses at the scene said more reinforcement of the Yemeni security forces were sent to the scene as more angry protesters managed to breach the security blockades around the embassy.

"You Americans, Stop insulting our Prophet," chanted protesters at the gate and on the walls of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, rising white and black flags with words reading "Mohammed is the passenger of God."

Witnesses said two other protesters were also injured with gunfire during the clashes.

Security officials at the scene confirmed to Xinhua that the U. S diplomatic staff have been evacuated to a secure place.

"After the security forces drove the protesters out of the embassy complex half an hour ago, the protesters now were gathering again at the north direction to the embassy chanting (Oh Jews, the Army of Prophet Mohammed will Return)," several eyewitnesses at the scene told Xinhua.

Protest activists near the U.S. embassy in Sanaa said storming the American diplomatic missions in Yemen and across Arab countries will continue in the similar way like the Arab revolutions' spring that toppled their Arabs' long-time autocrats.

Yemeni security forces were still firing into the air and used water cannons to try to drive the angry protesters away from the area around the U.S. embassy in Sanaa.

The protest in Yemen came one day after the protesters in Libya stormed the U.S. consulate in Bingazi and killed the U.S. ambassador. Angry Muslim protesters also stormed the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Beirut over the past two days.

The escalation against the U.S. embassies in the Arab world came after a cinema house in California had showed a Hollywood film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

Editor: znz
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