Yemen Protesters Storm US Embassy Compound
Security forces fighting to regain control
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2012 4:46 AM CDT
Updated Sep 13, 2012 7:59 AM CDT
Yemeni soldiers patrol the street in front of the US Embassy in Sana'a.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

(Newser) Anti-American protests sparked by an anti-Islam film have spread to a third country, with protesters forcing their way into the compound of the US Embassy in Yemen today, the AP reports. The demonstrators brought down the American flag and burned it but did not enter the embassy building. They also smashed windows of the embassy security office and burned at least five cars. "We can see a fire inside the compound and security forces are firing in the air," a witness tells Reuters. "The demonstrators are fleeing and then charging back."

Embassy workers are being moved to a safer location and Yemeni security forces have regained control, tweeted Yemen's spokesman in Washington, DC. Witnesses tell Reuters that Yemeni security forces did nothing to stop protesters as they marched on the embassy, but eventually police reinforcements showed up, and used tear gas, batons, and even water cannons on demonstrators. The initial march included "several thousand" people, CNN reports, but their numbers have dwindled to only a few hundred. At least 15 people have been wounded, including some by bullets, but initial reports indicate that none are embassy staffers.

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Sep 13, 2012 5:55 PM CDT
our government should care less about who made the video, and instead seek to protect our ambassadors abroad, these protesters (if that's what you want to call them) are taking things way over the top, and causing trouble for both their country and the U.S. so many works of media offending muslims have been published before (Bill Maher's "Religulous", Jeff Dunham's Achmed puppet, many South Park episodes, Family Guy, and so on) religion has always been the butt of many jokes here, so what?
Sep 13, 2012 3:59 PM CDT
Just start shooting these heathens. Then pull out all US personnel and investments. Yemen is worthless to America.
Sep 13, 2012 2:55 PM CDT
the current person running this country, who sits in the white house, claims he is a muslim. do you want some associated with muslims like this, who burn down other nations embassys, to be running our country? no, i say!