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Egyptian security clears protesters near US embassy after clashes

Arab World Materials 15 September 2012 14:12
Egyptian security forces Saturday cleared central Cairo's Tahrir Square and the roads leading to the US embassy, following clashes with protesters rallying against a US-made film that mocks Islam's prophet Mohammed, dpa reported.
Egyptian security clears protesters near US embassy after clashes

Egyptian security forces Saturday cleared central Cairo's Tahrir Square and the roads leading to the US embassy, following clashes with protesters rallying against a US-made film that mocks Islam's prophet Mohammed, dpa reported.

The move came after more than three days of fighting between police and protesters using stones and tear gas, witnesses said.

Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin visited the area on Saturday after calm was restored, Al Ahram newspaper reported.

More than 250 people were injured in the clashes, the fiercest since the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president in June.

The film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet as a womanizer and a paedophile, has sparked angry protests in several Muslim countries.

Insurgents killed Tuesday the US ambassador and three other Americans in Libya. Protesters also attacked the US embassies in Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan.

Tahrir was the rallying point of massive protests that eventually forced Hosny Mubarak to step down in February last year.

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