The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

4 more die as anti-US protests spread across Middle East


CAIRO (AFP) - Four more people died as anti-American protests sparked by a privately-produced film mocking Islam spread across the Middle East and North Africa on Thursday, targeting United States (US) embassies.

The fatalities occurred in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as police fired live rounds and tear gas to try to disperse an angry crowd of hundreds of protesters trying to storm the US mission.

The US embassy in Cairo came under siege for a third day as protests spread to several countries and territories including Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan and Tunisia.

The US attempted to keep a lid on the protests by spelling out that the film that set off the violence was privately-made by a small group of individuals and nothing at all to with anyone official.