Anti-U.S. Protests in Egypt Intensify

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Sept. 14 2012 8:53 AM

Anti-U.S. Protests in Egypt Enter Fourth Day

Egyptian protesters throw stones towards riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on Thursday.
Egyptian protesters throw stones towards riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on Thursday.

Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.

The violent demonstrations in Egypt that began Tuesday on the anniversary of 9/11 entered their fourth day today, with angry protesters hurling stones at Cairo police who were blocking the route to the U.S. embassy.

Reuters reports from the scene:

"'God is greatest' and 'There is no god but God', one group near the front of the clashes chanted, as police in riot gear fired tear gas and threw stones back in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby. About 300 people had gathered to protest, some waving flags with religious slogans. ... The initial protest, in which the embassy walls were scaled, took place on Tuesday."
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Things may yet grow worse Friday. The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a nationwide protest against the anti-Islam film believed to have sparked the unrest that has spread across the region this week. While the Brotherhood is calling for peaceful demonstrations, this week has proved that tensions are running high and violence is never far away.

By Al Jazeera English's count: four people were killed and another 34 injured during yesterday's violent demonstrations near the U.S. embassy in Yemen. In Egypt, meanwhile, officials say that more than 200 people have been injured this week.

Related slideshow: Protests Erupt at Multiple U.S. Embassies Across Islamic World

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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