Report: Egyptians Scale US Embassy Walls, Remove American Flag

September 11, 2012 9:33 a.m.

Egyptian protesters have scaled the US embassy in Cairo, Reuters reports. The protesters pulled down the American flag and attempted to replace it with a black flag bearing the message “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

Approximately 2,000 protesters have gathered outside the embassy, while about 20 people stood atop the building’s walls, according to Reuters. The group is purportedly protesting “a film being produced in the United States that was insulting to the Prophet Mohammad,” but the motive remained cloudy:

It was not immediately clear which film angered protesters.

However, according to the website, the Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who angered Muslims by burning a copy of the Koran, was due to take part in an event on Tuesday called “International Judge Mohammad Day” in Florida in which it would symbolically put the Prophet on trial and play it out live over the Internet.

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