Anti-Islam Film: Hezbollah Urges Protests, Egypt Denounces Embassy Breach

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BEIRUT & CAIRO (AP) - The leader of Hezbollah has called for protests against the infamous anti-Islam video starting on Monday but says Muslims must not attack embassies.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday that the Shiite militant group will organize demonstrations against the film in different parts of Lebanon.

In a televised speech, he called for an international agreement making it illegal to attack any divine religion.

And in Cairo, Egypt's presidential spokesman says the breaching of the U.S. embassy in that city during protests over the film was "unjustified," denouncing it in the strongest words to date to come from the nation's highest office.

Spokesman Yasser Ali's comments Sunday seem aimed to defuse criticism of President Mohammed Morsi, who condemned the breaching of the mission's perimeter only two days afterward, leading to tension with Washington.

Scores of Egyptian protesters scaled the embassy walls on Tuesday and entered its courtyard, tearing down the U.S. flag. Hours later, attackers in Libya killed four diplomats, including the ambassador, in an assault on the Benghazi consulate.

After three days of clashes in Cairo, authorities blocked off the embassy's street with a concrete wall. The visa section remained closed Sunday despite earlier plans to reopen.


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