US warships and Marines sent to Yemen to protect Embassy
US sends Marines to Yemen to protect embassy during protests
Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration near the US embassy in Sana’a on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam.
Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:19PM GMT
Washington has sent Marines to Yemen to help protect its embassy during anti-American protests sparked by an anti-Islam film produced in the US, the Pentagon said.
Over 100 US Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) arrived in Yemen on Friday, a day after protesters angry over the insulting movie attacked the US Embassy in Sana’a.
Pentagon spokesman George Little described the deployment as a “precautionary step” amid anti-US protests in the Middle East.
Little added that there were no immediate plans to evacuate the embassy in Yemen, but that security would be stepped up. US missions are on high alert across the Muslim world as anger grows over the movie, which insults Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Earlier in the day, Yemeni security forces opened fire on hundreds of protesters near the US Embassy as they tried to march toward the embassy compound.
Protesters torched the US flag and urged the government to expel the US ambassador in response to the anti-Islam film.
The sacrilegious movie, which is made by an Israeli-American, has sparked protests across the world.
Protesters have attacked US embassies in Libya, Egypt and Sudan over the movie.
The US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday.