As it happened: Friday protests

Key Points

  • In Tunisia's capital, protesters scale the walls of the US embassy and set fire to an American school in the city. Two people killed, 28 injured
  • Thousands of protesters storm the US, German and British embassies in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. At least one death is reported
  • The film which has caused offence, "The Innocence of Muslims", mocks Islam and insults the Prophet Muhammad
  • Protesters set fire to a KFC outlet in northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, and one person was killed
  • In the last few days, protests have spread across the Middle East and North Africa - including Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia
  • On Tuesday the US ambassador to Libya was killed in a fire in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi
  • All times GMT

    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. Protesters have stormed the German embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and started fires, and the British embassy nearby has been attacked. Stay with us for the latest news, analysis, video and comment as the situation develops.


    Reports from Lebanaon say a demonstrator has been killed and 25 people hurt in clashes with police, after a crowd of Islamists set fire to a KFC restaurant in Tripoli.


    German officials say their staff are safe after the German embassy in Khartoum came under attack in Khartoum.


    A protester gesticulates outside the German embassy in Khartoum as violence flares in the Sudanese city.

    A protester gesticulates outside the German embassy in Khartoum as violence flares in the Sudanese city.

    An eyewitness has told Reuters that Sudanese protesters are moving towards the US embassy outside Khartoum in cars and buses.

    1325: Ethirajan Anbarasan BBC Dhaka correspondent

    reports: "People gathered outside Dhaka's Baitul Mukkaram Masjid, Bangladesh's national mosque, soon after Friday prayers. The protesters were shouting slogans against the United States and Israel. They were also demanding tough punishment for the film makers."


    Hussein, a protester in Egypt's Tahrir Square told the BBC: "I came to support the beloved prophet Muhammad... It's my first day here at the demonstration, I'm sorry that I wasn't here from the beginning but I'm trying to make up for what I've missed."


    Protesters against an anti-Islam film in Tripoli, Lebanon have set fire to a KFC in the city according to local reports. The photo below purports to show the KFC/Hardee's building on Bechara El Khoury in flames.

    Purports to show KFC in Tripoli, Lebanon on fire

    Tear gas has been fired in Sudan as protesters head for the US embassy outside the capital Khartoum, news agency AFP reports.

    Bel Trew

    tweets from Cairo: Now there is much more anti-US sentiment than during morning clashes. I would not want to be American here,lots of interrogations

    Laurent Gloaguen

    tweets: Canadian Hindu group screening anti-Islam film to make a point about tolerance


    More than 5,000 protesters are now reported to have gathered at the heavily fortified US embassy outside the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

    Deena Adel

    Tweets from Cairo: Hotel guests freaking out, some with their luggage ready but unable to leave, their eyes tearing up from the strong tear gas.


    AFP reports that protests against the anti-Islam film have spread to Tunisia, with police firing tear gas at protesters outside the US embassy in the capital Tunis.


    Germany's foreign minister has condemned the "anti-Islamic hate video" but stressed that it is no excuse for violence.

    Alan Boswell

    tweets: The protests in Khartoum seem conveniently more anti-West than anti-"movie". Okay, NCP, nice distraction. #Sudan


    According to several reports, smoke has been seen rising from the British and German Embassies in Khartoum, Sudan. This photo purports to show a large plume of black smoke rising from the buildings located directly next to one another on Baladiya Avenue.

    Purports to show British and German Embassies in  Khartoum, Sudan on fire.
    Ashraf Khalil

    Tweets: Crowd in #Tahrir just burned a makeshift American flag. Now chanting "oh Obama, you terrorist" #Egypt

    The Times of India

    blogs: Muslim protesters pelted stones and footwear at the US consulate in Chennai on Friday. A rally protesting the depiction of Prophet Mohammed in a movie turned violent near the consulate.


    Demonstrators in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, have told BBC Bangladesh they want the government to summon the US ambassador and to bring a motion in parliament condemning the film.

    UK Foreign Office

    tweets: We can confirm an ongoing demonstration outside the British Embassy in #Khartoum. Sudanese police are at the scene.

    Archi, Khartoum, Sudan

    emails: Am in Khartoum, hearing that UK embassy "breached", German Embassy "burning", German staff at UK embassy. "thousands" of protesters at US embassy about 10 mins out of town and all US citizens and staff on 'lock down' at their respective houses.


    A video which purports to show protesters in Chennai, India has been uploaded by thesidyone via YouTube.


    Germany's foreign minister has confirmed that their embassy is Sudan has been attacked and is partially in flames, Associated Press reports. He called for the violence to stop immediately.

    Becky, Khartoum, Sudan

    emails: The attacks on the British and German embassies are not solely because of the film. The German embassy has seen protests for a few days due to the law banning circumcision that has recently been passed. The British and German embassies are next to each other in Khartoum and it is reasonable to assume that it all got conflated.


    More than 2,000 Jordanian Islamists have been protesting in Amman against the anti-Islam film, AFP reports. The Jordanian government has apparently asked YouTube to remove extracts of the movie.


    Eyewitnesses tell Reuters that protesters in Tunisia have scaled the wall of the US embassy in the capital Tunis

    Julian E Barnes

    The Wall Street Journal's Pentagon reporter tweets: 50 Marines have arrived in Yemen to defend the embassy, and precaution against further violence: Senior U.S. Official


    A Sudanese demonstrator has killed near the US embassy outside Khartoum, a local medic has told AFP.

    Media internazionali

    tweets: NYPO Jordanians protest anti-Islam film, torch US flags as riots continue across Middle East.


    A US official has now confirmed to the BBC that an American Marine FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) has been sent to Yemen to help protect the embassy.


    Reuters has uncomfirmed reports from Tunisia that protesters have set fire to trees and broken windows inside the US embassy compound in Tunis


    Protesters have jumped over the wall into the US embassy in Sudan, a witness tells Reuters. It follows attacks on the British and German embassies in Khartoum.


    About 200 protesters are burning USA and Israeli flags outside the US embassy in London


    At a demonstration on Friday in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, clerics in the Shinwari tribe called for a $100,000 bounty on the head of the anti-Islam film's producer and burned an effigy of President Obama, AFP reports.


    A Reuters reporter says they have heard gunfire at the US embassy compound in Sudan


    Samir Elias, a Coptic Christian doctor in Cairo, tells the BBC: "I have to say that most Copts here are refusing these kinds of movies. Firstly because we ourselves are suffering from the same thing, because sometimes the extremist media and some Islamic religious men do this kind of thing to our religion, and we say that it's not right, so if someone else does it against other religions we refuse it too. "


    Thick black smoke is rising over the US embassy in Tunis, according to AFP. This follows reports that protesters have scaled the walls of the compound.

    Sarah el-Sirganey, Cairo

    tweets: I've been with a couple of kids living on the street. They can't leave the clashes to tahrir because bullies will harass and rob them there

    Ashraf Khalil

    tweets: Meanwhile in #Tahrir itself, maybe 2000 protestors chanting and marching. 100% Islamist. #Egypt


    tweets: The black flag replaced US flag in US embassy in Tunisia while the security forces are outside it !!!


    Reuters is reporting that five people have been injured in the protests in Tunis


    This picture is from today's protest in Cairo, Egypt, where thousands of mostly Islamist protesters have gathered to denounce the "Innocence of Muslims" film

    tahrir sq protest
    Eman Al Nafjan

    tweets: Sadly talk of gatherings at McDonald's in Saudi to protest film tonight at 8 is popping up.


    US embassy in Brussels is sending its staff home early after reports of a planned protest, Belgium's Le Soir daily reports


    Around 86 protesters in India have been arrested after several 100 Muslim demonstrators threw strones and smashed windows at the US consultate in the city of Chennai, AFP reports


    Tunisian police have opened fire on protesters at the US embassy in Tunis, wounding at least five people, Reuters reports. It is not yet clear if police used live rounds or rubber bullets. A large fire is also said to be raging inside the compound.

    Rula Amin Al Jazeera reporter

    tweets: #Tripoli streets r now clear from protesters ..all seem under control #lebanon

    Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor

    tweets: Stones and tear gas. One young man said the gas had become sweeter than Egyptian desserts #Tahrir #egypt #Cairo

    Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor

    tweets: Some suspicion about foreigners. People asking if I'm American. #Tahrir #egypt old revolutionary spirit died a long time ago

    1513: Frank Gardner BBC Security Correspondent

    says: "The BBC has been told that the US Consulate in Benghazi which was fatally attacked and gutted on Tuesday was not given the standard security contract offered to most US diplomatic missions in the Middle East. The consulate's walls were breached in just 15 minutes, guards were outgunned and overwhelmed and 4 US personnel were killed, including the Ambassador, Chris Stevens."

    Ghazala Irshad, Cairo

    tweets: Doormen of residential buildings wearing galabeyas &...teargas masks. #Cairo


    The Atlantic Wire has an interactive map of where Muslim protests against the anti-Islam film are taking place.


    Protesters in Tunisia have set fire to an American school in the capital Tunis, Reuters reports


    Members of the group "I'm a bearded police officer" earlier joined the protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square, some wearing police uniforms. Egyptian police officers and soldiers are forbidden from having a beard, and these officers are demonstrating to be allowed to return to work.

    Egyptian bearded police officers
    Rick, Tunis

    emails: I live about a mile from the US embassy in Tunis. It is on fire. Gun shots are all around. Local news is reporting that marines have fled the embassy.


    Nigerian troops fire shots near a mosque in the city of Jos to disperse a protest against the anti-Islam film, a spokesman tells AFP

    Ed Giles

    tweets: #Tahrir still calm while tear gas volleys and rock throwing continue on corniche in front of Intercontinental Hotel & Nile. #USEmbassyCairo

    Leana Hosea, BBC News, Tunis

    says: "The British mission in Khartoum was also attacked and police fired tear gas at crowds at the American embassy. In Tunis the American school near the US embassy was looted."

    Bel Trew, Cairo

    tweets: One dead in #USEmbassyCairo clashes. Man, in 20s, died of bird shot wounds body at Zeinhom morgue says ONA news agency


    Universities in the US states of Texas and North Dakota have evacuated their campuses after recieving bombs threats, reportedly from a man "with a Middle Eastern accent" who claimed to be from al-Qaeda


    The American school in Tunis which was attacked by protesters is believed to have sent pupils home earlier in the day

    Leana Hosea, BBC News, Tunis

    witnessed one man being arrested near the US embassy in Tunis and police in pursuit of others.


    The US embassy in Sudan says all protesters have been "expelled" from inside the compound in Khartoum, Reuters reports

    Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian Prime Minister

    told the BBC: "To answer violence with violence is strictly prohibited, we can't defend it ... If artists and musicians are being provocative we should find the proper proof against them and take them to court."

    Erin Cunningham Global Post correspondent

    tweets from Jordan: They've stopped the protest in Amman while someone calls for maghreb prayer. #Jo

    Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary

    says that reports that the US had advance warning about Tuesday's attack on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are "absolutely wrong". He was responding to criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Michael Redding, Austin, Texas, USA

    emails: I was in the University Union, near the heart of campus, in a meeting. The SMS alerts issued a general evacuation order, so we started telling people who had not yet received the message to leave the building. I've been at UT Austin for 7 years, and I've never seen a general evacuation order. There are over 150 buildings on the UT campus.


    Speaking on a trip to Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI appeals to Christians, Jews and Muslims to "root out" religious fundamentalism. One person was killed earlier in protests against the "Innocence of Muslims" film in north Lebanon.


    President Barack Obama has ordered a security review for US diplomatic facilities worldwide following attacks on US embassies in Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and elsewhere.

    Shadi Hamid Director of Research at Brookings Doha Centre

    tweets: White House spokesman Jay Carney is saying the protests are not directed against US policy. Unfortunately, he's wrong.

    Massoud Hossaini, AFP photographer, Kabul

    tweets: #Islam #Afghanistan: After a peaceful demo in Nangarhar, there is no report about any protest around Afg yet. hope nothing happens tomorrow

    Asim Haneef, Cairo

    tweets: I can hear the call to prayer whilst watching tear gas and rocks being hurled in #Cairo - how ironic and sad.


    Tunisia's official news agency has confirmed that an American school in Tunis was torched, reportedly after the students had left

    Hani Shukrallah Egyptian journalist

    tweets: Saudi backed Salafists + Qaeda oriented Jihadis have joint stake in silencing the Arabs' cry for freedom in din of religious frenzy


    A second protester has been found dead outside the US embassy in Sudan, according to an AFP journalist. A demonstrator was reportedly killed earlier in the capital Khartoum when he was hit by a police vehicle.

    1626: Fathi Baja Libyan professor who had breakfast with slain US ambassador Chris Stevens on the day of his death

    told the BBC: "The security [at the consulate] was not enough. I was there in the morning with Chris around 0915 having breakfast but the security was not just insufficient, there was a big lack of security. He had 4 Libyans, 2 of them in front of the door and 2 inside the small room by the fence. It was very normal security measurements as if you were going to a hotel."


    President Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the homecoming ceremony today for the bodies of four US officials killed in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya earlier this week

    Ashraf Khalil, Cairo

    tweets: Numbers and volume starting to swell in #Tahrir. Crowds should grow in next hour or two #Egypt

    U.S. Embassy, Khartoum

    tweets: Reports confirming that embassy in Khartoum hasn't been breached


    The German embassy in Khartoum, pictured here, has been partially set alight. Demonstrators also tore down the German flag and hoisted an Islamic banner in its place.

    Protester outside the German embassy in Khartoum

    Sudanese newspaper editor Othman Mergany has told the BBC that he believes three people have been killed in protests outside the American embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

    Ahmed Zahran

    tweets: A friend in #Tunis living next to USA embassy: "me & neighbors armed and ready to attack the salafi extremists, its us or them tonight"

    1646: William Hague British Foreign Secretary

    says: "We have spoken to the Sudanese ambassador in London and raised our serious concerns that this attack was able to take place. It is the responsibility of the Sudanese authorities to ensure that effective protection is provided to diplomatic premises at all times. I condemn in the strongest possible terms today's attack."

    1650: Ishaq Khalid, BBC Hausa in Jos, Nigeria

    says: "Hundreds of youth carrying placards denouncing Israel and the United States have gathered. On the other side, there are many heavily armed security personnel with armoured tanks. Even though they shot into the air, perhaps to disperse the crowd, there has been no violence, and up till now there are no reports of deaths or injuries. The protest has been peaceful."

    AJE Live Al Jazeera news

    tweets: Protesters from Salafist groups in Sinai have stormed camp for UN multinational peacekeepers in town of Sheikh Zuwayed


    Latest report from AFP says three people have been killed and 28 injured in clashes at the US embassy in Tunisia

    Ms Entropy

    tweets: Breaking #Algeria : Ali Belhadj tried to lead a protest. He's been arrested.


    AFP reports that it was a group of Bedouin who stormed the international peacekeepers' camp in Egypt's Sinai to protest against a film mocking Islam. They reportedly broke through the fence of the compound and set fire to an observation tower.


    Tunisian state television has not said how the deaths occurred, but Reuters news agency says one of its reporters saw police firing to try to quell the assault on the US embassy.


    To add more to the confusion, Tunisia's official news agency puts the number of deaths at two, with 29 injured.

    Mostafa el-Hoshy

    tweets: Salafist website clip of prophet movie had over 300,000 hits in 2 days, while original YouTube video got only 10,000 between 6/1 and 9/12

    Rafic Abdallah, Tripoli, Lebanon,

    Right after the Friday prayers ended, people gathered in the Mansouri Mosque, along with other men from several mosques. They headed towards Nour Square. KFC was only two minutes away, so the protesters ran towards it and attacked the police who ran away. The protesters then started to throw stones and break the glass. I didn't see who or how the fire was started, but, in no time at all there were huge flames. At the Salafi mosque where I pray, the imam stated clearly that we would not benefit from protesting. He said we should imitate our prophet, with his principals and good manners.


    A senior official with the international peacekeeping force in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has told Associated Press that four officers were wounded when suspected Islamic militants stormed their base.


    North Dakota State University is set to lift the evacuation order put in place earlier following a bomb threat from a suspected Muslim extremist and reopen the campus

    Ibrahim Mothana, Yemen

    tweets: Explaining the current rage by pointing to a 10 minute film is equally superficial to saying the Arab Spring was only caused by Bouazizi

    1750: A foreign worker in Tunis, Tunisia whose office overlooks the US Embassy told BBC Africa:

    "The US embassy front-gate was surrounded by armoured vehicles. However a crowd of nearly 100 managed to climb over the embassy's back wall. They tore down the US flag and replaced it with their own. They managed to get into the American school next door which they torched. We can see huge, dark clouds of smoke. The police are battling the protestors. I can hear gunfire and teargas. We have been advised by our security officials not to move, so we are basically stuck in the office."

    US embassy in Tunis, Tunisia
    Laura Rozen

    tweets: Salafists surrounded, assaulted @almonitor journalist filming man holding black Islamist flag in Tunis. 'Why are you filming the brothers?'


    A spokesman for the US government has told the Washington Post that the White House has asked YouTube to review the controversial anti-Muslim film which ignited violent protests to see if it violates their terms of use.

    Eman al-Nafjan, Saudi Arabia

    "Saudi Arabia is a conservative country. There isn't a history of political activism here. There has been talk about people going to the McDonalds in Riyadh to protest against the film, but it might not happen. People usually disappear as soon as the police show up. A lot of people here condemn the movie, but they also condemn any violence associated with it. What Saudi Arabians want is an official apology from the US Government."


    US President Barack Obama has arrived at the Andrews Air Force Base to lead a ceremony honouring the return of the remains of the US ambassador and three other Americans killed in an attack in Libya this week.


    The BBC now has a Q&A up explaining what the anti-Islam "Innocence of Muslims" film is about, and why it has offended so many

    Kim Ghattas BBC correspondent

    tweets: #Obama, Biden, #SecClinton arrives for ceremony at AAFB. Bodies of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty are home.

    A foreign worker in Tunis, Tunisia has told us:

    "There was a lot of barbed wire around the US embassy today and a heavy police presence too. This was in reaction to Wednesday's small protest. It was peaceful today for a while, then people started piling into the compound and took down the US flag. I could see the police throwing tear gas cannisters and heard gun shots too, although it was unclear whether they were rubber bullets or live rounds. There is a general feeling of sadness here about the extremist Salafi Islamists."


    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is speaking at Andrews Air Force base at the repatriation ceremony for those killed in Libya. "I was honoured to know Chris Stephens," she says.


    Before Mrs Clinton spoke, a military chaplain praises the "selfless service" of the men who wanted nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of other people.


    The International Crisis Group has released a timely report today about Libya's continuing instability.


    Mrs Clinton says: "We've seen rage and violence directed at US embassies" over an "awful internet video that we had nothing to do with". She says it is hard for the American people to make sense of that.


    Mrs Clinton continues. The people of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen "did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts."


    President Barack Obama takes the podium. He praises the dead men and talks about their lives.


    "Today," Mr Obama says, the men "are home". "They had a mission and they believed in it... They didn't simply embrace the American ideal, the lived in it, they embodied it."


    Mr Obama says: "The United States of America will never retreat from the world, we will never stop working for the freedom and dignity that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith... That's the spirit that sets us apart from other nations" and that is the work these slain men were doing in Benghazi.

    Kim Ghattas BBC News, Washington

    tweets: Obama says despite cost, America will never retreat from world, cites msgs held up in Libya "Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans"


    Mr Obama concludes his remarks with a prayer. The US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, plays.


    After the anthem, a band plays the more sombre America the Beautiful as the Marine honour guards load the coffins into waiting hearses.

    1912: Paul Adams BBC News, Washington

    tweets: Obama and Clinton briefly hold hands in midst of moving repatriation ceremony at Andrews AFB

    John Madeng Gatduel, in Juba, South Sudan,

    emails: It is very sad to see again this. Why attack every Western diplomat rather than dealing with those who made the film as individuals? Please stop generalising and killing innocent people otherwise the rest of the world will react negatively against you. My sincere condolences to the US for their lost of a great envoy and others Americans in Libya.

    1926: Felicia Sonmez of the Washington Post

    tweets from a Republican rally: Ryan leads crowd in moment of silence for the four Americans killed in Benghazi

    President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were both clearly emotional at the repatriation ceremony


    Meanwhile, back in the Middle East, al-Jazeera reports one person has been killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the vicinity of the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

    Becky, in Khartoum, Sudan,

    emails: The attacks on the British and German embassies are not solely because of the film. The German embassy has seen protests for a few days due to the law banning circumcision that has recently been passed.


    Israel's Channel 2 TV reports there have been casualties in an attack this evening on an international peace-keeping base in Sinai, Egypt. The numbers are not yet clear, the report says.

    Shif Ahmed, in Male, Maldives,

    emails: Today there were demonstrations outside the UN building in Male, in the Maldives. They called death to the Jews and burnt the American flag. Many young children with toy guns were made to take part.

    Felicia Sonmez of the Washington Post

    tweets again from a Republican rally in Virginia: asked one woman here what she thought of events in Libya/Egypt/Yemen. "It's sad," she said. Not much more to say. "I'm more of a sports fan"

    The Arabist

    tweets on the attack on the international peacekeepers' camp in Egypt's Sinai: If reports of attacks on MFA post in Rafah are accurate, bad just got a lot worse.

    Nazia Ali, in Britain,

    emails: I'm a Muslim, born and brought up in Britain. I was quite upset after seeing the video clips on Youtube but whatever is happening around the world is very very wrong. There is no need for violence. I wish people would understand the correct Islam even Muslims themsleves especially those causing the violence as this is not the way to protest.


    Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party, a moderate Islamist group, has advised Tunisians against participating in protests and said the government is "committed to ensuring the safety of foreign diplomatic missions", Associated Press reports.


    Tunisia's president Rachid Ghannouchi has now appeared national TV and condemned the protests in Tunisia, BBC Monitoring reports. He called for tough action to be taken against the perperators who he said were harming relations with friendly countries.


    The Tunisian health ministry is now saying that two people have been killed during the protests at the US embassy in Tunis, as opposed to the three deaths that state TV previously reported.

    LJ Holly, Khartoum, Sudan,

    emails: Just wanted to add that the attack on the German Embassy is the culmination of a week of anti-German demonstrations and articles in Sudan about a court ruling in Germany. The attacks regard that rather than the parallel YouTube film narrative. In addition, the British Embassy was not the focus for the protests, but the embassies share an entrance gate.

    Rafat Ali

    tweets: Our Imam at Friday prayers today: how can you expect Allah to show mercy on you if you can't show mercy to those who offend you? #peace


    According to a Reuters reporter in Tunisia, some of the protesters attacking the American school in Tunis looted laptops and tablet computers.

    Africa Renewal the UN's African news and analysis service

    tweets: In the face of violence in Libya, Egypt & elsewhere, we call for Responsible Leadership and Responsible Citizenship #RepresentYourself


    Tunisia's state news agency, citing the health ministry, says that both people killed in today's demonstrations were protesters. The injured reportedly include both police and protesters.

    Jon Williams BBC World News Editor

    tweets: Senate calls on @StateDept IG to investigate security at Benghazi consulate before and during Sep 11 attack #Libya …


    Ali Belhadj, a former deputy of Algeria's outlawed Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) party, addressed a crowd of people protesting against the anti-Islam movie in Algiers earlier

    Algerian Ali Belhadj, former deputy of the outlawed Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), addresses a protest against an amateur film mocking Islam in Algiers on September 14, 2012

    Egyptian news agency MENA says that protesters who attached an international peacekeepers basecamp in the Sinai removed a fence around the camp and seized arms and wireless devices.

    Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor

    Speaking to the 10 o'clock news from Cairo's Tahrir Square: "Even if this all ended and people went home, there are some important lessons for governments in the region. This is a sign of the frustration and anger that is never far from the surface. For wesatern countires as well, there should be a realisation that just because dictators have gone it doesn't mean that dealing with people is going to get any easier."

    Yasser, in Munich, Germany,

    emails: Just read a comment here from one of the users from Sudan saying that the attack on the German embassy was due to a law banning circumcision being passed. There is no such law! A court did rule that circumcision might constitute bodily harm but the German government is preparing a law ensuring that circumcisions stays legal. Even if such a law did pass there is never justification for violence!


    There have been further reports that an Egyptian protester was killed by gunfire during a demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square earlier


    tweets: Having so much discussions with fellow Egyptians re freedom of expression... many taken back by passion for free expression even if offensive

    Ben in Dubai

    emails: We in the "west" are expected to not treat all Muslims as terrorists because of the actions of a few extremists. Surely Muslims should not blame an entire country for the actions of a few extremists.

    Baroness Ashton EU foreign policy chief

    "It is vitally important that leaders across the affected regions should call immediately for peace and restraint, as has already been the case in many countries. I call on all governments and the religious and secular leaders to promote tolerance and dialogue."


    To recap, there has been a day of turmoil across the Muslim world as protesters attack US embassies over an anti-Islam film that insults the prophet Muhammad. Five people are reported to have been killed in protests in Sudan, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt. Tonight, demonstrators are still out on the streets of Cairo and other cities.


    That concludes our live coverage of the protests that have escalated across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film made in the US. Please stay with the BBC News website for all the latest updates on world events. Thank you for joining us.


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