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Lebanon protesters burn US, Israeli flags (PHOTOS)

Published time: September 13, 2012 23:31
Edited time: September 14, 2012 03:31
Lebanese Muslim demonstrators burn the US (R) and Israeli flags during a protest against a film mocking Islam in Abra, east of Sidon, on September 13, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mahmoud Zayyat)

Lebanese Muslim demonstrators burn the US (R) and Israeli flags during a protest against a film mocking Islam in Abra, east of Sidon, on September 13, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mahmoud Zayyat)

Several hundred people have rallied in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, burning American and Israeli flags in outrage over an American-made film mocking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.

­The streets of Tripoli saw a heavy police presence on Thursday despite the fact that only around 200 people took part in the demonstration. There were no reports of violence or clashes during the demonstration.

Protesters carried black banners bearing the traditional Islamic message, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet.” Several protesters burned American and Israeli flags while chanting “God is great!”

Another demonstration took place in the southern city of Sidon, on Lebanon's Mediterranean coast. Offended men and women showed posters containing slogans like "freedom does not mean insults to religion” and “who are you, you lowlifes, to insult what is good for people.”

Lebanon is just another in a handful of countries hit by the wave of outrage sparked Tuesday by the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims.” In the most violent display of discontent so far, an armed mob killed four US diplomatic staff, including the ambassador to Libya, during an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.

On Thursday, Muslim protesters clashed with police near the US embassy in Cairo for the third consecutive day. Meanwhile, in Yemen at least four protesters were killed and dozens more injured when security forces opened fire at protesters after hundreds stormed the US Embassy in Sana'a, the country's capital.

Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters carry flags that read "There is no God but Allah, Mohammad is Allah′s messenger" and chant slogans during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters carry flags that read "There is no God but Allah, Mohammad is Allah's messenger" and chant slogans during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters chant slogans during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters chant slogans during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad in Tripoli, northern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Omar Ibrahim)
Supporters of Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir burn an Israeli and a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, in Sidon, southern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Ali Hashisho)
Supporters of Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir burn an Israeli and a U.S. flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, in Sidon, southern Lebanon September 13, 2012 (Reuters / Ali Hashisho)

Comments (1)

Anonymous user 01.05.2013 02:27

They can burn as much f.. flags as they want, it'll take us 1 week to burn this fu... down. US

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