Dozens storm US Embassy compound in Tunisia

BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

Published: Friday, Sept. 14 2012 11:12 a.m. MDT

Demonstrators throw stones during a protest against the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, as police respond with tear gas Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Protests against he film spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries Friday, as protesters smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital and security forces in Egypt and Yemen fired tear gas and clashed with protesters to keep them away from U.S. embassies.

Hassene Dridi, Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia — Several dozen protesters briefly stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Tunisia's capital Friday, setting fire to cars and raising a flag with the Muslim profession of faith written on it as part of violent demonstrations in the region against an anti-Islam film.

Outside the embassy, thousands of demonstrators gathered, including stone-throwing protesters who clashed with police, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said. Officers responded with tear gas and gunshots.

Protesters also set fire to an American school adjacent to the embassy compound, and firefighters were prevented from approaching by the large crowd. Thick columns of black smoke wafted through the neighborhood. The group that breached the embassy's outer wall was pushed back outside by police and special forces.

A Tunisian employee of the embassy with an injured leg was taken out by stretcher to an ambulance. It wasn't immediately clear if there were any other injuries.

Crowds angry over an anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad have assaulted U.S. embassies across the Middle East.

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