Sunday, February 05, 2006
AP: Danish Muhammad cartoons provoke Beirut violence
By JOSEPH PANOSSIAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 46 minutes ago
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Demonstrators, right, wave green and black Islamic flags as they walk past a Lebanese army vehicle set on fire by demonstrators in front of the building housing the Danish mission during a protest in Beirut on Sunday against publication of caricatures of Islam's revered prophet in European newspapers. Muslim rage over caricatures of the prophet spilled out of Syria on Sunday into neighboring Lebanon where thousands of rampaging protesters -- undaunted by police tear gas and water cannons -- torched the Danish mission and ransacked a Christian neighborhood. (AP Photo)
At least one person reportedly died and about 200 were detained, officials said.
Muslim clerics denounced the violence, with some wading into the mobs trying to stop them. Copenhagen ordered Danes to leave the country or stay indoors in the second day of attacks on its diplomatic outposts in the Middle East.
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