CAIRO, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian police evacuated protesters from the area surrounding U.S. embassy and Tahrir square in Cairo downtown and have arrested 362 people, according to a statement issued by the interior ministry on Saturday.
The statement carried by official news agency MENA said the police arrested another 142 people protesting in recent days over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, increasing the number of the people arrested to 362.
The central security forces intensified its efforts to chase down the outlaws, and burned the tents set up by the protesters in Tahrir square, the state TV said.
Thousands of protesters on Tuesday breached the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Some protesters pulled down the American flag and replaced it with a black dark sheet to express their anger over the movie produced by some migrant Coptic in United States.
Security official said Saturday 99 security personnel were injured, including 12 officers and 87 soldiers and that seven persons were injured by bird shots.
One person has been killed and more than 250 people injured in clashes since Wednesday night, TV report said. Some protesters said they will not stop until the U.S. ambassador to Egypt is expelled.
A statement from the prestigious Al-Azhar mosque on Saturday asked the United Nations to issue a decree to criminalize denigrating religious symbols so as to prevent such dangerous incidents from ever happening again.
The movie, deemed as insulting to the Islamic Prophet Mohammed, infuriated the Muslim communities worldwide and sparked protests and assaults against U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Tunisia. Four U.S.diplomatic staffers were killed in Libya, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.