U.S. embassy in Armenia issues warning amid anti-American protests

The U.S. embassy in Armenia joined those in at least six other nations on Wednesday in warning of possible anti-American protests following the attack on the consulate in Libya that killed an ambassador and three other officials.

While the embassy, located in Yerevan, acknowledged it had no “specific information” that the protests would affect events locally, it cautioned U.S. citizens there to remain “particularly vigilant.”

“Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, all U.S. citizens in Armenia are cautioned to maintain good situational awareness and should stay current with media coverage of local events,” the embassy said in its statement.

The embassies in Burundi, Egypt, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia all issued similar warnings on Wednesday.

Armenia -- he second most densely populated of the former Soviet republics -- shares borders with Turkey, Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The warnings came one day after militants attacked and burned the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

On Thursday, violent protests that erupted two days earlier outside the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo continued as assailants clashed with government forces. And in Yemen, the L.A. Times reported that hundreds of Yemeni protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Sana and started fires.

A Yemeni security official told The Times four protesters were killed and more than 30 were injured as security forces tried to disperse the crowds.

The protests have spread in reaction to a movie filmed in Los Angeles County that mocks the prophet Muhammad.


-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

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