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Yemen Protests: Confusion and Anger Over Anti-Islam Video

Tear gas, protests, chants and slogans occupied the streets of Sanaa in Yemen on Friday, in response to an anti-Islam video that has sparked unrest across the region. Nafeesa Syeed reports from the scene, where many protesters admitted to not having seen the clip, by choice or circumstance. Still, people are perplexed about the purpose of the video.

SANAA, Yemen — While Friday prayer services were underway at a mosque near the US Embassy compound in Sanaa Friday, officers in camouflage uniforms were at-the-ready, clutching their batons.

After protesters stormed the embassy on Thursday, authorities blocked several streets in anticipation of more riots in Yemen, which followed similar ones in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other parts of the region. As the protests continued, the Pentagon took precaution and sent 50 marines to Yemen Friday to boost security at the US embassy. The unrest erupted after a cheaply-made, obscure anti-Islam movie trailer went viral earlier this week, though most protesters admitted to not having seen the clip.

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