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Tunisia: Anti-Western protests escalate; at least 3 reported dead (VIDEO) (UPDATES)


Black smoke seen billowing from the US Embassy in Tunis.


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Tunisia's protests against a US-made anti-Muslim film have escalated, as protests in Yemen, Libya, Sudan and other countries also grew to take on a broader anti-Western tone. 

In Tunis, at least three people are dead and at least 28 more injured as a result of the growing violence, Reuters reported. A large fire billowing black smoke was seen burning inside the US Embassy's compound, as protesters there managed to scale the walls, Sky News reported.

They have not managed to breach the actual Embassy yet, CNN reported

The death toll of the protests across the board is currently at three in Sudan, two in Lebanon and two in Yemen, according to Al Jazeera's live feed

Agence France Presse reported four deaths and 34 wounded in Yemen on Thursday, after police opened fire on crowds there. 

The crowd of more than 1,000 protesters were also setting fire to trees, throwing stones and smashing windows, according to Al-Arabiya. They also chanted anti-American slogans like "Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas!" 

The mob of protesters, angered over a poorly-made movie called "Innocence of Muslims," also took down the American flag outside the Embassy and replaced it with a black one, the Atlantic Wire reported

The US Embassy in Tunis issued a warning Friday about the protests. 

"US citizens should remain cautious and avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence," the statement read. 

More from GlobalPost: Protests against US spread (LIVE BLOG)

Tunisian police reportedly fired tear gas at the crowds in an attempt to contain them, and at least five demonstrators were injured, Reuters reported

There are also reports that protesters have destroyed the American School in Tunis, which is located across the street from the Embassy, according to the Telegraph.

The school was reportedly closed, and no one was hurt. 

Tunisia's growing protests are just one of many; angry demonstrators continued to gather outside US Embassies as well as German and British outposts in Yemen, Pakistan, Israel, Sudan, and Kuala Lumpur, among others. 

Israeli police stopped a crowd of around 400 Palestinians from protesting around the US Embassy in East Jerusalem. The protests in Pakistan and Kuala Lumpur were largely peaceful, CBC News reported.

Here, a map of the protests worldwide: 

And a short video of police in Tunis reportedly releasing tear gas on protesters: 

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