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Angry crowd attacks US Embassy in Yemen

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Protesters climb a fence at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012. Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday in protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, and security guards tried to hold them off by firing into the air.

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Protesters attack the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, on September 13, 2012.

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A protester, left, holds a white flag with Islamic inscription in Arabic that reads, "No God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet," in front of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Sept. 13, 2012.

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Protesters storm the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, on September 13, 2012.

In Yemen, protesters breach the U.S. Embassy compound in the capital, Sanaa, as a wave of anti-American demonstrations sweeps across several Middle East nations. NBC's Richard Engel reports from Cairo.

NBC News staff and wire reports, Updated at 6:15 a.m. ET: Protesters angry over an obscure film critical of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday, as unrest that led to the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya spread to other countries in the region.

Yemeni security forces fired into the air as demonstrators reached the embassy's grounds, according to The Associated Press and Reuters. The New York Times reported that protesters managed to set fire to a building inside the compound but were forced by security forces to pull back after trying to take furniture and computers. Read the full story.

Zoubeir Souissi / Reuters

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, as protests spread across the region.

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