Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Sep 16, 2012 - 8:45:50 PM
Three protesters have been killed and 30 others were injured when angry protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Sana’a on Thursday in protest against the offensive film depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said security source.
Thousands of angry protestors stormed the US embassy in Yemen.
Eyewitnesses told the Yemen Observer that security forces of the embassy initially stood idly, allowing protesters entry into the embassy, before firing to disperse the demonstrators. Protesters told the Yemen Observer that security forces that surrounded the headquarters of the embassy did not engage demonstrators, allowing them to easily exceed the security barrier and enter the embassy gates, where demonstrators threw stones at the building and burned tires and three cars.
They also smashed security office windows outside the embassy walls. Anti-riot reinforcements arrived later and fired shots and tears gas grenades in the air to disperse the demonstrators..
“American Ambassador, Gerald M. Feierstein was reportedly residing in a nearby office when the storming incident occurred,” said the source. A U.S. official in Yemen, not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitivity of the situation, told CNN: “Everyone here is OK.” State Department officials also told CNN all embassy personnel were safe and accounted for but were currently in different locations.
The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a is the third embassy experiencing blowback from the film, “Innocence of Muslims”, in the Arab world, after Libyan protesters burned the U.S. Consulate building in Benghazi two days ago, killing the U.S. ambassador in Libya.
For the third day, clashes continue in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, following the broadcast of the offensive film against Islam and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), sparked a wave of protests in Arab and Islamic countries. The Organizing Committee for the Popular Youth Revolution called for the participation of all Yemenis in “The Friday of Prophet for Mercy and Peace”.
It also announced plans for a massive march that will head to American Embassy. Yemeni President Abdo Rabo Mansor Hadi apologizes to U.S. President Barack Obama for storming the U.S. embassy and ordered to form a committee to investigate the incident.
“I’m following the situation closely,” he said. He regretted about what happened of storming incident for the American Embassy. “Whose behind this incident is a rowdy groups that are aware of plan goals made by Zionist forces, especially those who authored and published the offensive film against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” he said.
“These plans are intended to damage our relationship with the United States,” President Hadi told Yemen News Agency. “These groups have exploited the lack of security necessary preparations, and that came in the circumstances of the divisions in the ranks of security forces due to the political crisis that has been active early 2011.
”President Hadi warned that these attacks will reflect negatively on the good relations between Yemen and the people of the United States of America. “
This is what hostile plans want for peace and harmony, and that is always working on creating gaps and problems between the two peoples,” he added. Bandar al-Harazi, a protester, told the Yemen Observer that they don’t want the American embassy in Yemen.
“Every time they insulted the Quran and Islam, and it is time to close the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and expelled its Ambassador,” he said. “We demand an immediate apology from U.S. President Obama and we also demand to jail producers of the offensive film or we will resort to escalation,” he added.
Murad al-Kasmi, another protester, said that he participated in this demonstration to show their standing and angry about the offensive film that targeted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“I was among the protesters who stormed the gates of the embassy in 11:00 of Thursday morning, and security forces of the embassy let us entered it, but few minutes fired bullets and forced us to retreat,” said Fouad Ben Abdullah, protesters. “We want U.S. Ambassador and all Americans to leave Yemen,” he added.
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