Prostests Spread in Middle East, Fires Set at U.S. Embassy in Tunis

Protests over an anti-Islam film continued on Friday as Tunisians climbed a wall at the U.S. Embassy there and set fires to trees inside the compound. They also threw stones and broke windows. Sudanese protesters breached the German embassy and protesters in Egypt and Yemen were tear gassed by security forces. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued this statement on Friday morning:

[The violence] is in response not to United States policy, not, obviously, to the administration, not to the American people — it is in response to a video, a film, that we have judged to be reprehensible, disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it. But this is not a case of protest directed at the United States writ large or U.S. policy — this is in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims. [Huffington Post]