BBC News – LIVE: Protests over anti-Islam film

14 Sep

BBC live tweets…as it happens…12:41 EST


U.S. Embassy, Khartoum tweets: Reports confirming that embassy in Khartoum hasn’t been breached

  Ashraf Khalil, Cairo tweets: Numbers and volume starting to swell in #Tahrir. Crowds should grow in next hour or two #Egypt

1630: President Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the homecoming ceremony today for the bodies of four US officials killed in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya earlier this week

1626: Fathi Baja Libyan professor who had breakfast with slain US ambassador Chris Stevens on the day of his death told the BBC: “The security [at the consulate] was not enough. I was there in the morning with Chris around 0915 having breakfast but the security was not just insufficient, there was a big lack of security. He had 4 Libyans, 2 of them in front of the door and 2 inside the small room by the fence. It was very normal security measurements as if you were going to a hotel.”

1623: A second protester has been found dead outside the US embassy in Sudan, according to an AFP journalist. A demonstrator was reportedly killed earlier in the capital Khartoum when he was hit by a police vehicle.

  Hani Shukrallah Egyptian journalist tweets: Saudi backed Salafists + Qaeda oriented Jihadis have joint stake in silencing the Arabs’ cry for freedom in din of religious frenzy

1620: Tunisia’s official news agency has confirmed that an American school in Tunis was torched, reportedly after the students had left

Asim Haneef, Cairo tweets: I can hear the call to prayer whilst watching tear gas and rocks being hurled in #Cairo – how ironic and sad.

  Massoud Hossaini, AFP photographer, Kabul tweets: #Islam #Afghanistan: After a peaceful demo in Nangarhar, there is no report about any protest around Afg yet. hope nothing happens tomorrow

  Shadi Hamid Director of Research at Brookings Doha Centre tweets: White House spokesman Jay Carney is saying the protests are not directed against US policy. Unfortunately, he’s wrong.

1605: President Barack Obama has ordered a security review for US diplomatic facilities worldwide following attacks on US embassies in Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and elsewhere.

1602: Speaking on a trip to Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI appeals to Christians, Jews and Muslims to “root out” religious fundamentalism. One person was killed earlier in protests against the “Innocence of Muslims” film in north Lebanon.

  Michael Redding, Austin, Texas, USA emails: I was in the University Union, near the heart of campus, in a meeting. The SMS alerts issued a general evacuation order, so we started telling people who had not yet received the message to leave the building. I’ve been at UT Austin for 7 years, and I’ve never seen a general evacuation order. There are over 150 buildings on the UT campus.

Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary says that reports that the US had advance warning about Tuesday’s attack on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are “absolutely wrong”. He was responding to criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

  Erin Cunningham Global Post correspondent tweets from Jordan: They’ve stopped the protest in Amman while someone calls for maghreb prayer. #Jo

Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian Prime Minister told the BBC: “To answer violence with violence is strictly prohibited, we can’t defend it … If artists and musicians are being provocative we should find the proper proof against them and take them to court.”

1554: The US embassy in Sudan says all protesters have been “expelled” from inside the compound in Khartoum, Reuters reports

Leana Hosea, BBC News, Tunis witnessed one man being arrested near the US embassy in Tunis and police in pursuit of others.

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