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Anti-Islam film protests spread across Middle East

  • Protests against an American-produced film mocking Islam spread across the Middle East and North Africa on Thursday.

    In Yemen, demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Sanaa and burnt an American flag before being driven away by security forces.

    Meanwhile in Egypt, 224 people were injured in protests.

    In Libya, where the U.S. ambassador was killed during protests in Benghazi on Tuesday, officials announced they had made some arrests in connection with the attack.

    U.S. officials are investigating whether the attack in Libya was planned to coincide with the 11th anniversary of 9/11 following reports that a militant Islamist group may have coordinated the demonstrations.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the film but added it did not justify the violence.

    The film, titled Innocence of Muslims, was shot in the U.S. and posted online earlier this year.

    It portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and the leader of a bloodthirsty gang of men.

    Some of the actors involved have since denounced the film, saying they were unaware it would be used as anti-Islam propaganda.