U.S. embassies in at least seven countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Caucuses are warning of possible anti-American protests following an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, the Associated Press reports.
The killings in Libya followed demonstrations in front of Cairo’s U.S. Embassy Tuesday, where protesters tore down the U.S. flag and scaled the embassy’s wall. That protest was planned by conservative Salafists well before news circulated of an objectionable video ridiculing Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, Eric Trager, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told USA TODAY.
Embassies in Armenia, Burundi, Egypt, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia all issued warnings on Wednesday that don’t report any specific threat but note that demonstrations can become violent and advise Americans in those countries to be particularly vigilant.
Also on Wednesday, between 300 and 400 Muslims protested outside the U.S. consulate in Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca, an AFP photographer reported.