Protests over anti-Islam film: As it happened

Key points

  • Protests against an anti-Islam film made in the US spread across the Middle East and North Africa - including Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia
  • Demonstrators earlier stormed the grounds of the American embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa where they burned a US flag - but were driven back
  • In Cairo, protests erupted for a third day outside the US embassy where over 200 people are said to have been injured
  • The protests followed an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday - in which the ambassador to Libya was killed in a fire
  • US officials have been investigating whether the attack in Benghazi was planned - citing suspicions that a militant jihadist group may have co-ordinated it

Live text


  • Jastinder Khera 
  • James Morgan 

Last updated 14 September 2012


Welcome to the BBC News live page, bringing you the latest updates as protests over an anti-Islam film made in the US continue in the Middle East and north Africa.


Security forces have now regained control of the compound in Sanaa, using tear gas, water cannon and live fire to drive back protesters.


In Benghazi, some demonstrators have been apologising for the deaths of the US ambassador and three other officials in Tuesday's attack. "On behalf of the real revolutionaries in Libya, we apologise to the government and to the American people for what has happened", demonstrator Awad al-Ahaiwal told World Update on the BBC World Service.


In Pakistan, an umbrella organisation of Pakistani religious clerics has called for Friday to be a protest day against the film. Demonstrations are expected in Peshawar and Lahore.


A spokesperson for Yemen's embassy in Washington DC said the violence in Sanaa occurred when "thugs" overtook a protest: "I believe they flooded the area and it quickly got out of hand. I understand soldiers did not open fire and there were no direct hits," he said.


@ionacraig, in Sanaa, Yemen,

tweets: Cars being burnt whilst I was embassy. Soldiers allowing protesters through the security cordon. #Yemen


In Egypt's capital Cairo, there have been further clashes at the US embassy. A group of demonstrators angered by the film climbed into the embassy and tore down the American flag, the Reuters news agency reports.


@PhilbrickYadav, Geneva, US,

tweets: Remember that protesters' grievances against this specific US ambassador to Yemen run deep and are quite specific. Not just about the film.


Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has promised to ensure the safety of American staff in the country. "Insulting sacred Islamic figures crosses a red line, but we reject violence," he said at a joint conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.