Benghazi Gets No-Fly Zone as Protests Continue

Demonstrations spread across the Muslim world
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Clashes between police and protesters angry over an anti-Islam film continued for the fourth day today, and US embassies were bracing for more protests in the Islamic world as traditional Friday prayers commence. Updates from Al Jazeera, AFP, NPR, and the AP:

  • Libya: The airspace over Benghazi has been declared a no-fly zone after the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in violence there, but there have been no recent reports of major violence.
  • Egypt: Security forces are blocking the route to the embassy as hundreds protest. More than 200 people were injured and at least 12 have been arrested. The Muslim Brotherhood initially called for a nationwide protest of the film, but changed its mind after violence escalated.

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  • Yemen: Four were killed in Sanaa yesterday, including one protester shot dead by police, as 2,000 protesters were blocked from the US embassy.
  • Iran: As many as 500 people protested the movie in Tehran, chanting slogans against America and against the film's director, but the protest ended peacefully.
  • Other cities: American flags were burned outside the US embassy in the Tunisian capital, in Gaza City, and in Afghanistan. There were demonstrations in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Kashmir, and Sudan, and more protests are expected in Iraq, Jordan, and Israel.
Google has not removed clips from the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, from YouTube, but has blocked access to the clips in the protesting countries. (Read more Innocence of Muslims stories.)

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