Gunfire heard at embassy in Sudan…
Angry protesters stormed the German, British and U.S. embassies in Khartoum, as well as the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, as anti-American protests related to a video deemed offensive of the Muslim prophet Mohammed spread across the Muslim world after Friday prayers.
Police fired teargas to stop some 5,000 demonstrators storming the German and British embassies in Sudan, a witness said. After hurling stones at the two embassies, which are next to each other in Khartoum, protesters stormed the main gates and were able to break into the German Embassy. The protesters pulled down the embassy’s emblem, raised an Islamic flag, broke windows and started a fire in front of the main gate.
“The German embassy in Khartoum is currently the target of attacks by aggressive protesters,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.
“The Sudanese ambassador was summoned this morning. His nation’s duty to protect diplomatic missions was clearly explained to him,” Westerwelle said, adding that diplomats were safe.
Later, Sudanese protesters jumped over the wall into the U.S. embassy, and there were reports of gunfire at the embassy compound. Protesters hosted an Islamic flag after breaching an outer security wall, the witness said.
One person was left lying in a pool of blood after being struck by a police car and police withdrew from the area shortly after the incident, the witness added.
In Tunisia, a witness told Reuters that protesters jumped over the wall of the U.S. embassy in the capital Tunis, set fire to trees and smashed windows. At least five protesters were wounded by police gunfire near the embassy, and there were reports of a large fire in the compound. It was not immediately clear if police fired live rounds or rubber bullets.