- Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood call for demonstrations after prayers as did authorities in Iran and Gaza
- Large protests also expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, as well as Amman, in Jordan
- It will follow unrest in the wake of the September 11 attack in which a hoard of protesters stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed the ambassador and three other Americans
- Riots over an anti-Islam video lampooning the Prophet Muhammad have also swept through Egypt and Yemen
- Officials believe Libyan extremists hijacked a similar protest in Benghazi, where Libyan security guards were killed
- Top Israeli Arab Knesset official Talab el-Sana warned of ‘Armageddon’ if the United Nations does not intervene
America is bracing itself for yet more attacks on its embassies across the world as Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood party called for a ‘million-man march’ in protest over an anti-Islam film lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.
Since a 14-minute trailer for the movie, called The Innocence of Muslims, was posted on YouTube by its American producers, turmoil has spread across the Muslim world.
Protesters in Cairo appeared to answer the Brotherhood’s call to arms this morning as thousands advanced on the US embassy near Tahrir Square, to be met by a phalanx of heavily-armed riot police in a second day of chaos to blight the city.
As the clashes continued throught the morning, the country’s president Hosni Mubarak begged for calm a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to quell the violence.
And in an ominous sign this morning, the Libyan government closed the air space above Benghazi ‘for security measures’.