Cairo: Police used tear gas as they clashed on Thursday with a stone and bottle throwing crowd protesting outside the US embassy in Cairo at a film deemed as offensive to Islam, witnesses and the interior ministry said.

The health ministry said 13 people were injured during sporadic clashes through the night outside the embassy, where on Tuesday thousands of protesters tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with a black Islamic flag.

The interior ministry said today's clashes were sparked by protesters "who threw stones and bottles at security force members protecting the embassy."

Egypt's government yesterday called for restraint while denouncing the film, which also sparked fury in Libya where four Americans including the ambassador were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi.

"The film is offensive to the Prophet and immoral," the cabinet said in a statement read by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil at a news conference.

"We call on the great people of Egypt to exercise restraint when expressing their anger," it said. Protests against the film were also held yesterday outside US missions in Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. In Tunis, police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred.

(Agencies)


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