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At least seven reported killed in regional protests over anti-Islamic video

Clashes near the US embassy continued in Cairo while in Sudan, British and German embassies were both targeted. The violence continued for a second day in Yemen, with protesters burning American flags. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET: At least seven people were reported to have been killed Friday across the Middle East and Africa in protests over the anti-Islamic video that led to a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya this week.

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The U.S. said late Friday it would send 50 Marines to reinforce security at the embassy in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, where the Arabic news service al-Arabiya reported three people were killed Friday afternoon in a protest. 

Unrest worldwide was centered mainly on U.S. embassies, but other targets also came under attack, including embassies and other outposts of Britain, Germany and the U.N.


Google Inc. rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online the controversial YouTube clip of the trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," an unreleased U.S.-made movie that depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and a gay child abuser. The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it in Egypt and Libya.

A spokesman at the embassy in Khartoum said guards on the roof fired warning shots after hundreds of protesters breached the embassy's security perimeter and some tried to climb over the wall.

There are two very different sentiments on the streets in Benghazi – demonstrators burning the American flag, and others who support the United States. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

No members of the embassy staff were injured, the spokesman said.

The protesters moved to the U.S. compound after violent rallies outside the German and British embassies, which are near each other. Witnesses and police said as many as 5,000 protesters surrounding the two compounds were dispersed when police opened fire with tear-gas canisters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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In Tunisia, two people — at least one of them a protester — were killed and 29 others were injured outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the Health Ministry said. At least two of the injured were in critical condition, the ministry reported, according to the official Tunisian news agency, TAP.

The protesters gathered at the embassy after earlier having set fire to the American School, which was closed Friday, the embassy said in a statement. Both the school and the embassy sustained "severe property damage," it said.

A protester was killed in a clash with police near the U.S Embassy in Cairo, a security source told Reuters. The victim, who died from birdshot wounds, was the first person to be killed in Egypt.

Protesters hurled stones at police, who responded with tear gas. 

From Northern Africa to Indonesia, protesters — sparked by outrage over an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. — marched in sometimes-violent demonstrations. NBC's Jim Maceda reports.

The Muslim Brotherhood said on Twitter that it was canceling its call for nationwide protests about the film. However, it said it would still be present in Cairo's central Tahrir Square "for a symbolic protest against the movie."

And in Lebanon, at least one person was killed and 25 others were wounded in protests in Tripoli timed to coincide with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on a three-day visit, Lebanese officials said. Hundreds of people set a KFC and Hardee's restaurant on fire, witnesses said
Demonstrations continued to rage across the region Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, in protest of the clip on YouTube.
Google said was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure.

"We've restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia, as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries," the company said. "This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007."

NBC's Richard Engel in Egypt and NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin in Libya report on what might have triggered recent attacks on U.S. facilities.

White House officials had asked Google earlier on Friday to reconsider whether the video had violated YouTube's terms of service.
Google said on Wednesday that the video was within its guidelines. 
 

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Any depiction of Muhammad — favorable or not — is considered blasphemy in most of the Muslim world; the sheer grotesqueness of "Innocence of Muslims" made it a particular provocation.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed Tuesday night in two attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the return of the remains of the four Americans at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland on Friday afternoon.

Americans killed in U.S. consulate attack honored at Andrews

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who were briefed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that it seemed clear that the Libya attacks were planned and premeditated. They cited the weapons carried by the attackers as the primary evidence.

"From all that I've heard," the attacks Tuesday night "were not just some coincidental protest of this film, this anti-Muslim film," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. "They were a well-planned and professional terrorist attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi."

Clashes across region
In addition to Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon, demonstrations Friday spanned numerous countries across the Middle East and northern Africa:

•  U.N. multinational peacekeeping observers in the Sinai Peninsula were attacked by demonstrators protesting the movie, Israeli TV reported. Three peacekeepers from Colombia were injured in what appeared to be a coordinated attack using handheld explosive devices and automatic weapons, a spokesman told NBC News.

NBC's Michael Isikoff and Roger Cressey discuss Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, who is suspected of producing the controversial film degrading Islam.

• About 50 U.S. Marines have been sent to Yemen to provide additional security in the aftermath of Thursday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Defense Department officials told NBC News. The Marines, part of a Fleet Anti-Terror Security Team, are an identical unit to the one sent to Libya earlier this week.

• A large demonstration against the Muhammad movie broke out at BMCI, a bank in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the U.S. Embassy said. It urged all U.S. citizens to avoid the areas around the bank and the Embassy.

• The UN multinational peacekeeping observer mission in the Sinai Peninsula was attacked Friday. Four people, believed to be peacekeepers from Colombia, were reported to have been injured. The multinational force observes the compliance of the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

• In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, about 200 protesters vented their anger by chanting "death to Jews!" and "death to America!" in a largely peaceful protest outside the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

• Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, chanting for jihad and praising the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the killers of Stevens in Libya.

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Protesters clash with security forces after setting a fire at the German Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, on Friday.

In Pakistan, protests cropped up in major cities such as Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, but Friday prayers seemed to have passed without major incidents of violence, NBC News reported.

• About 200 demonstrators gathered Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait and hoisted banners.

• In Bangladesh, Islamists tried to march on the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, and Iranian students protested in Tehran.

• In Nigeria, where the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people this year in an insurgency, the government put police on alert and stepped up security around foreign missions.

• Protesters in Afghanistan set fire to an effigy of Obama and burned a U.S. flag after Friday prayers in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

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