US embassy in Yemen stormed by protesters
Protesters angered by an anti-Islam film has stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
The protesters were on the embassy grounds but did not enter the building housing the offices.
Before storming the embassy compound, the demonstrators removed the embassy’s sign on the outer wall and set tires ablaze. Once inside the compound, they brought down the U.S. flag and burned it.
There was no immediate word on any injuries. The Yemen Times is reporting US Embassy employees were being moved to a safer location.
A California-based filmmaker went into hiding after a YouTube trailer of his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed.
Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
Protesters angered over Bacile’s film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
Yemen is home to al-Qaeda’s most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government’s counterterrorism campaign. The government on Tuesday announced that al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent U.S. airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.