Protesters enter at U.S. embassy in Yemen
September 13, 2012
Protesters managed to break briefly in the U.S. embassy in Sanaa during a protest against a film about the Prophet Muhammad considered blasphemous by Muslims, which has caused violent attacks against U.S. legations in Libya and Egypt.
Protesters broke down the front door of the embassy complex, which also houses the ambassador’s residence.
Within the enclosure, they only reached the courtyard and were not able to enter any of the buildings in the complex, although managed to burn several diplomats’ vehicles and break the glass in the windows of some buildings.
Marines from the embassy fired into the air to disperse the protesters, while Yemeni riot police threw tear gas and used water cannons to drive out the protesters.
At present, officers surrounded the embassy after demonstrators managed to expel, but still crashes nearby.
The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is one of the most fortified buildings in Sana’a.
Witnesses said the protesters were able to break into the complex because Yemeni guards that protect did not act to prevent it.
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