CAIRO, Sept 14, 2012 (AFP)
CAIRO, Sept 14, 2012 (AFP)
A breakdown of events since the diffusion of a film considered offensive to Islam which prompted violent anti-US protests around the Muslim world and led to the death of four Americans in Libya on
The film “Innocence of Muslims,” directed a film-maker portraying himself as Israeli-American but US media say is a Coptic Christian, calls Islam a “cancer.”
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
– An armed mob protesting over the film attacks the US consulate in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three more embassy officials, including two ex-marines.
– In Egypt some 3,000 mainly Salafist demonstrators tear down the Stars and Stripes at the Cairo US embassy and replace it with a black Islamic flag, similar to one adopted by militant groups.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER L12
– The Benghazi killings are strongly condemned by Libya which apologises to the United States. The authorities in Tripoli blame followers of the deposed regime of late strongman Moamer Kadhafi and Al-Qaeda.
– US President Barack Obama condemns the “outrageous” attack but vows he will not break America’s bond withibya. He orders stepped up security at US posts worldwide.
– Anti-US protests take place in several Arab countries, including Tunisia, Morocco and Sudan.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
– In Yemen, where the US embassy is attacked, clashes between police and demonstrators kill four people. More than 200 are injured when protesters stone the US mission in Cairo. Demonstrations also take place in Iraq, Iran and the Gaza Strip.
– A “big advance” has been made in the probe into the attack on the US consulate, Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur says.
– Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi slams the film, but warns against the use of violence. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemns the film as “disgusting and reprehensible,” stressing the US government had nothing to do with it.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
– Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrate across the Islamic world to denounce the film.
– Two people are killed and 29 wounded in clashes at the US embassy in Tunis, with two of the injured reported in a critical condition.
– In Khartoum, where two demonstrators are killed, guards at the US embassy fire warning shots as a security perimeter is breached by dozens of protesters, after thousands earlier stormed the British embassy and torched the German mission.
– In the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, one demonstrator is killed and 25 people hurt in clashes with police after Islamists set fire to a KFC restaurant.
– A group of Bedouin storms an international peacekeepers’ camp in Egypt’s Sinai to protest against the film, sparking clashes that injure three people.