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Egyptian protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Nasser Nasser/AP/Press Association Images
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Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

More than 4,000 protesters have reportedly stormed the US embassy in the Yemeni capital in an apparent protest against an American-produced film that insults Islam.

PROTESTERS HAVE STORMED the US embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in apparent anger over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

More than 4,000 protesters attacked the consulate today – prompting security to open fire, according to witnesses, Sky News reports.

It is understood that protesters gained entry to the embassy grounds but have not entered the building.

The incident comes just a day after Libyan protesters stormed the US embassy in Benghazi, killing the US ambassador and three other American officials.

Earlier in the week, protesters also scaled the wall of the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and ripped down the American flag in protest against the US-produced film, which is said to ridicule the prophet Muhammad.

US official are today investigating whether the protests were planned to coincide with the anniversary of the 11 September attacks in New York, with one counter-terrorism official saying the incidents were “too co-ordinated” to be spontaneous.

Al-Qaeda’s most active branch operates from Yemen, where the United States is the main foreign a supporter of the government’s counter-terrorism campaign, the Washington Post reports.

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