In one after another attacks, mobs stormed and set fire to US missions in Libya and Egypt. In Benghazi, Libya, the armed protesters set fire to the consulate and one person has been killed. The embassy was empty of any staff at the time of the protest.
Earlier today, extremist protesters stormed the US embassy building in Cairo, Egypt. The fresh batch of rallies are denouncing a video that is offensive to the teachings of Islam and was made by an expatriate Egyptian Christian. The US flag was replaced with a black flag by the protesters in Cairo. These protests coincide with the anniversary of September 11 attacks on WTC towers.
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Below is a video of the riot in Egypt:
In separate developments, Ahmed Shafik, Egypt’s ex-Prime Minister who also ran against Mohammed Mursi won in the presidential elections, has been referred to criminal court on charges of fraudulent real estate dealings. Ahmed Shafik is accused of allocating some 40,000 square meters of estate to sons of Hosni Mubarak, the dethroned President. At the time of the sale, Shafik was the chair of Cooperative Housing Association for Military Pilots. He was also the chief of staff of the air force and minister of civil aviation when the transfers took place.
Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, two Egyptian generals and a member of pilot officers have been sent to prison and also face several charges of corruption. The allegations include violations of stock trading rules, defying central bank policy, forging documents, aiding in land grabbing, and making profits through transaction of shares of Al Watany Bank of Egypt.
Shafik is presently situated in UAE, he left Egypt after Mohammed Mursi won the presidential elections in June of this year. The departure was reportedly not an attempt to flee the country. Ahmed Shafik had said in his previous interviews that he will await the decision of the investigations. The orders was issued after a ruling by Judge Osama al-Saeedi, on Tuesday. Shafik has said that the decision is politically motivated and is unfair. Shafik has been placed on the watch list and will be arrested as soon as he enters Egypt. In an interview with Sky News, Arabia, he said “The decision to place me on a watch list is revenge decision of the Muslim Brotherhood against me”. Ahmed Shafik has many followers in Egypt, Morsy won the election by commanding 48 percent of the vote.