Protesters angered by a film they consider blasphemous to Islam have stormed  the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen?s capital, Sanaa, in the most recent attack  on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East.

Protesters smashed windows as they breached the embassy perimeter and reached  the compound grounds, although they did not enter the main building housing the  offices. Angry young men brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it  and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam?s declaration of faith ? ?There is no God but Allah.?

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear  gas to disperse the demonstrators, driving them out of the compound after about  45 minutes and sealing off the surrounding streets. It was not immediately clear  whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

Demonstrators removed the embassy?s sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze  and pelted the compound with rocks.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered an investigation into the  attack.

Hadi avowed to bring the culprits to justice, saying the attack by a ?rowdy  crowd? was part of a conspiracy to derail Yemen?s close relations with  Washington.

The Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington, D.C. said in a statement  obtained by Fox News that Yemen strongly condemned the attack on the U.S.  compound, but says the situation is under control.

?Fortunately no casualties were reported from this chaotic incident. The  government of Yemen will honor international obligations to ensure the safety of  diplomats and will step up security presence around all foreign missions,? the  statement said. ?We strongly urge all those that would wish to incite others to  violence to cease immediately.

Pentagon officials tell Fox News that Pentagon and U.S. Navy officials are  monitoring the situation in Yemen, but so far have received no request for  military assistance there following the Embassy breach.

?We are doing everything we can to support our mission in Yemen,? a senior  administration official told Fox News. ?We?ve had good cooperation from the  Yemeni government which is working with us to maintain order and protect our  facilities and people.?

The movie cited in the attacks, ?Innocence of Muslims,? came to attention in  Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. The  video-sharing website blocked access to it Wednesday. The trailer depicts  Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way,  showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

The Yemen incident was similar to an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the  Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday night. A mob of Libyans also attacked the  U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing American  Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Three diplomats injured in the Libyan attack are being treated at an American  military hospital in Germany and one of the two most seriously wounded is  expected to leave the intensive care unit on Thursday

A State Department status report obtained by The Associated Press says the  third injured staffer is awake and alert at the Landstuhl Regional Medical  Center near the Ramstein Air Base, where 33 uninjured consulate personnel are  staying and receiving military counseling. All were evacuated from Benghazi  early Wednesday and arrived in Germany late that afternoon along with the  remains of the four diplomats.

According to the report, the injured staffers ?are doing relatively well? and  most want to return to Libya.

In Iraq, several hundred Shiite hardliners protested in Baghdad?s Shiite  stronghold of Sadr City. The leader of an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that  previously attacked U.S. troops, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, threatened anti-U.S.  attacks.

The movie ?will put all the American interests in Iraq in danger,? the  militia leader, Qais al-Khazali, told The Associated Press.

The warning capped a day of growing tensions in Baghdad, where hundreds of  Shiite followers of the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded the  closure of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad over the anti-Islam movie.

Protestors burned American flags and carried banners reading, ?We reject the  attack on the Prophet Mohammed.?

?No, no, to Israel! No, no to America!? thousands shouted in the Shiite  stronghold of Sadr City in northeast Baghdad. ?Yes, yes for Messenger of  God!?

There was no immediate response Thursday from the U.S. Embassy in  Baghdad.

In Iran, about 50 protesters shouted, ?Death to America,? outside the Swiss  Embassy, which looks after U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran. Riot police kept  the crowd away from the building.

On Thursday, Egyptian protesters also clashed with police near the U.S.  Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row. Police used tear gas to disperse  the protesters and the two sides pelted each other with rocks. But unlike  Tuesday, the police kept the protesters away from the embassy?s compound.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said 16 protesters and  13 policemen were wounded in the clashes, which broke out overnight and were  ongoing. Twelve protesters have been arrested, it said.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi criticized the movie Thursday during a  visit to the European Union in Brussels.

?We condemn strongly ? all those who launch such provocations and who stand  behind that hatred,? Morsi said, adding that he had asked Obama ?to put an end  to such behavior.?

But Morsi also urged the Egyptian people to not engage in ?unlawful  acts.?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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