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Yemen tightens security near French Embassy amid protest fears
Yemeni police stand guard outside the French Embassy in Sana’a on September 20, 2012.
Yemeni police stand guard outside the French Embassy in Sana’a on September 20, 2012.
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Yemen has beefed up security near the French Embassy in the capital Sana'a following the publication of anti-Islam cartoons in a French weekly.


Yemen's Interior Ministry said Thursday that it has reinforced security around the French Embassy in anticipation of angry protests possibly to take place on Friday.

On Wednesday, the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris published a series of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The move is expected to draw fiery protests, just one week after demonstrators stormed the US Embassy in Sana’a to protest a film produced in the United States insisting the prophet.

The anti-US sentiments forced Washington to deploy hundreds of Marines forces to protect the American diplomatic mission after last week's demos where four Yemeni protesters were killed by Yemeni security forces.

Thousands of Yemeni clerics and tribal leaders gathered Wednesday in Sana’a to protest the deployment and demand the departure of the Marines.

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