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Shots fired as Yemen police disperse angry crowds flocking to US Embassy

Published time: September 14, 2012 11:15
Edited time: September 14, 2012 21:32
Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Yemeni police deployed water cannons and fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a crowd of protesters massed near the US embassy in Sanaa, the capital city. Embassy employees are reportedly in transit to a secure location.

Witnesses said that the crowd turned into a stampede as they attempted to flee.

Freelance journalist Joe Sheffer has reported that ambulances have arrived at the eastern entrance of the embassy.

The police actions were a response to demonstrators’ attempts to storm the US embassy, media reports said.

Earlier Friday, Yemeni police and army personnel blocked off streets leading to the embassy as angry demonstrators gathered nearby. The protesters brandished signs and chanted anti-American slogans. They marked the second day of anti-US public outrage in the country over an amateur anti-Islamic film.­

The US has sent a marine security team to Yemen to deal with the aftermath of the embassy attack.

Four protesters were killed and 15 others were injured during yesterday’s protest in Sanaa. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi condemned the violence, and promised to launch an investigation into the killing.

AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais
AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais
Yemeni protesters shout slogans during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Yemeni protesters shout slogans during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
A Yemeni protester holds a slogan praising Prophet Mohammed as he walks past burning tyres at a crossroad leading to the US embassy during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
A Yemeni protester holds a slogan praising Prophet Mohammed as he walks past burning tyres at a crossroad leading to the US embassy during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
 Yemeni protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam at a crossroad leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Yemeni protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam at a crossroad leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Yemeni riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam at a crossroad leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)
Yemeni riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration against a film mocking Islam at a crossroad leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on September 14, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

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