CAIRO – Egyptian protestors stormed into the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, September 11, in protest at a movie insulting Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
"This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made," Ismail Mahmoud, 19, a member of the so-called "ultras" soccer supporters, told Reuters.
Thousands of angry protestors scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo in protest at a film being produced in the US that insults the Prophet.
Protestors also tore down the American flag and burnt it outside the fortress-like embassy building in central Cairo.
Angry protestors also tried to raise a black flag with the word "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is His messenger".
Slogan reading "There is no god but Allah" was also written on the walls of the embassy compound.
"We are obviously working with Egyptian security to try to restore order at the embassy and to work with them to try to get the situation under control," US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in Washington.
The movie lampooning the Prophet is being produced by some expatriate Christian Copts in the US.
On Sunday, Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa denounced "the actions undertaken by some extremist Copts who made a film offensive to the Prophet."
He said the offence "affects millions of Muslims around the world" and that the making of such a film could not be justified on the basis of freedom of expression.
"The attack on religious sanctities does not fall under this freedom," said Gomaa.
The offensive film coincides with a symbolic "trial" of the Prophet by anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones, who burnt the Noble Qur'an in 2010, in Florida on Tuesday.
Plot to Divide
Copts also took part in the protest against the offensive movie of the Prophet.
"I am here because I am Egyptian and reject anything that insults Islam or anything that sparks division in Egypt," Rafiq Farouk, 38, told Reuters.
The abusive movie has already drawn condemnation from Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church.
The church said in a statement that some Copts living abroad financed "the production of a film insulting Prophet Mohammad".
About a 10th of Egypt's 83 million people are Christians.
But the storming of the US embassy has drawn fire from many Egyptians.
Egyptian activist Wael Ghoneim wrote on his Facebook page that "attacking the US embassy on September 11 and raising flags linked to Al-Qaeda will not be understood by the American public as a protest over the film about the Prophet.
"Instead, it will be received as a celebration of the crime that took place on September 11," he said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Americans on Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.
The US embassy had earlier put out a statement condemning "misguided individuals" who hurt the religious feelings of Muslims or followers of other religions."We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others," the US embassy said in its statement.
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