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article image'Innocence of Muslims' protests spread thru Middle East (updated)

By Anne Sewell     Sep 14, 2012 in World
Protests and outrage are now spreading to Lebanon and Iran, and continue in Yemen and Egypt, Libya and now Sudan, over the film "Innocence of Muslims", released on YouTube, which insults the Prophet Mohammed.
Digital Journal has reported widely on the various protests arising from the "Innocence of Muslims" film, which insults the Prophet Mohammed.
After the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other members of staff in Benghazi, Libya, and attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and Yemen, the outrage continues to spread.
On Thursday, in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, several hundred people have rallied, and are burning both American and Israeli flags, in outrage over the American-made film mocking Islam's prophet Mohammed.
In Sidon, on Lebanon's Mediterranean coast men and women carried banners containing slogans like "freedom does not mean insults to religion” and “who are you, you lowlifes, to insult what is good for people.”
Meanwhile the Pope visited Lebanon, amidst all the protests.
Video: The riots break out in Lebanon, Iran, India, Israel, Iraq and Yemen:
In Yemen on Thursday, at least 4 protesters have reportedly been killed, after hundreds of demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy. According to witnesses, plumes of smoke were seen rising outside the embassy, while protesters chanted "Death to America".
Local media reported that two cars exploded after two bombs were thrown into the embassy compound. Heavy gunfire has also been heard in the area.
As at 08:53 GMT on Friday, a 48-hour no-fly zone has been imposed in Benghazi, Libya, following the attacks on the city’s U.S. consulate that killed the American ambassador and three embassy staffers.
All flights to and from the city have been suspended.
In Egypt this morning, Cairo police are erecting a wall of concrete blocks around the U.S. embassy in an attempt to prevent protesters from entering the compound, as outrage continues in the city.
Video: Cairo, Egypt on Friday morning:
In Tehran on Thursday, a crowd of around 400 people gathered outside the Swiss Embassy to protest against the film. “Death to the United States and death to Israel and death to England!” was heard blasting from a loudspeaker outside embassy, which represents U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran.
The area has been cordoned off by riot police, which has caused traffic jams around the city. The crowd is voicing support for Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia, with shouts of "Muslims, unite!" and "Mohammad is God's prophet."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a statement that "the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message."
According to Iran's official IRNA news agency, in reaction to this statement, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that "if American politicians are honest in their claims that they were not involved, they have to hold responsible those who committed this obscene crime … and their financial supporters."
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said in a statement, "The U.S. government's systematic and continued silence on such repulsive acts is the fundamental reason that they keep happening, The American government has the responsibility to stop this dangerous trend in the spreading of insults to Islamic Umma's highest sanctities."
Update: Hundreds of Muslim protesters storm German embassy in Sudan, raise Islamic flag.
Protesters also smashed windows of the embassy and started a fire in front of the main gate, a witness told Reuters.
The German Foreign Minister has confirmed that the staff inside the building are safe.
Police are also attempting to repel protesters storming the UK embassy in Khartoum, the AP reported.
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