Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi condemned the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi and said his government was able to protect foreign embassies on Egyptian soil.
“What happened is unacceptable, rejected. The Prophet Muhammad taught us to respect human life,” Mursi said in a speech broadcast live from Brussels today, referring to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in which the ambassador and three other American staff were killed.
The Islamist leader said he supported peaceful protests, but that Muslims rejected attacks on people, embassies and other sites. “The Prophet Muhammad and Islamic sanctities are red lines for all of us,” he said.
At least 16 people were hurt in Egypt on the third day of unrest sparked by a film that ridiculed the prophet, according to Ahmed el-Ansari, vice-president of the Egyptian Ambulance Organization. Police also arrested 12 people.
Protesters set fire to two police vehicles and policemen were injured in clashes as authorities tried to keep demonstrators away from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.