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Egypt Police Trying to Shield U.S. Embassy Hurt in Protest

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Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Protesters set fire to two police vehicles and injured officers in clashes as authorities tried to keep demonstrators away from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

At least 14 police were hurt on the third day of unrest sparked by a film that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad, the Interior Ministry said in an e-mailed statement. The total number of injuries increased to 16, said Ahmed El-Ansari, vice-resident of the Egyptian Ambulance Organization. Police also arrested 12 people.

The protesters closed off one of the streets near the embassy, the state-run Nile News reported. Overnight, the crowd of demonstrators built up to several hundred and authorities fired tear gas to disperse them.

On Sept. 11, protesters scaled the walls of the embassy and tore down the U.S. flag, replacing it with an Islamic banner. An attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya on the same day killed the U.S. ambassador and three other staff members.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Holland at bholland1@bloomberg.net

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