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Egyptian police attack anti-Islam film protesters crossing the 'red zone'
An Egyptian riot police officer fires tear gas towards protesters during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012.
An Egyptian riot police officer fires tear gas towards protesters during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012.
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:24AM
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The clashes will continue until President Morsi takes a strong position. ... They aren't for something specific, we are trying to be at the embassy to tell the whole world we are here."

Egyptian protester Ahmed Abdel Gawad

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Egyptian security forces have attacked people protesting against a US-made anti-Islam film as they cross the "red zone" in the capital, Cairo.


Fresh clashes erupted on Saturday when police forces resorted to force to disperse protesters near the US embassy in Cairo.

Security forces also burned down a number of tents belonging to the protesters in the Liberation (Tahrir) Square.

"The clashes will continue until President Morsi takes a strong position. ... They aren't for something specific, we are trying to be at the embassy to tell the whole world we are here," said Ahmed Abdel Gawad, 31.

The fresh protest came a day after police forces shot dead a protester and wounded dozens more during a demonstration against the blasphemous film near the US embassy in Cairo. The 35-year-old protestor died from birdshot wounds on Friday.

Well into Friday night, hundreds of Egyptians continued to demonstrate against the producers of the obscure anti-Islam film.

Demonstrations over the movie have been held across the Muslim world, with the protesters in some countries marching on the US embassies and torching the US flags.

Demonstrators in Iran, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and many other Muslim countries poured into the streets after Friday prayers to value their faith and condemn the movie that insulted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Pentagon spokesman George Little said US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called his Egyptian counterpart, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to "underscore the importance of ensuring the safety and security of the US diplomatic mission."

"In light of the ongoing protests in Egypt, Minister al-Sisi reiterated Egypt's commitment to secure US diplomatic facilities and personnel," Little said.

Washington has a large embassy in Cairo, mainly due to a vast aid program which began in 1979 after Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel. Washington grants $1.3 billion in aid each year to Egypt's Army plus additional funds for its government.

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