LIVE BLOG: Protests Spread Over Anti-Islam Film

Violence erupted in a dozen cities Friday in response to an anti-Islamic film.

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Tunisian journalist Mohamed Al Souissi was reportedly beaten by protesters at the embassy, according to another journalist, Mohamed El Dahshan. El Dahshan says Al Souissi's camera was also stolen.

Minutes later, Al Souissi tweeted that he was "sore" and "upset because of what I saw and not because of what I experienced."

A video posted to Facebook by a Tunisian group shows what appeared to be a U.S. diplomatic bus engulfed in flames near the embassy.

Forty miles away from the embassy, the smoke above the building could be seen:

La fumée au niveau de #UEmbassyTn est visible depuis Hammam lif twitter.com/merKKur/status…

— merKKur-O-Ch®ome (@merKKur) September 14, 2012

1:24 p.m.: White House responds to violence

In a press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney said of the violence: 

"This is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy. This is in response to video that is offensive and -- to Muslims."

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend a homecoming ceremony Friday at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for the bodies of the four Americans killed in Libya , al-Jazeera reports.

1:05 p.m.: Counter-protests in Benghazi

Not all the protests are anti-American. In Benghazi, Libya, where a U.S. ambassador was killed Tuesday, al-Jazeera correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports of protests condemning the violence.

Other protest near couthouse in #Benghazi condemning the killing of the US ambassador

— Hoda Abdel-Hamid (@HodaAH) September 14, 2012

This sign says: "Real freedom fighters don't assault their guests":

1:00 p.m.: Death toll rises

According to al-Jazeera, the latest death toll in the protests has risen to seven.

Three protesters reportedly died in Sudan in clashes with police, while two protesters were killed in the demonstrations in Lebanon. In Yemen, two protesters died while trying to storm the U.S. embassy. 

12:40 p.m.: Protesters set fire to American school in Tunis

Reuters reports that protesters have set fire to the American School in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. Protesters there are chanting an anti-American slogan: "Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas," comparing President Barack Obama to deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

At the U.S. embassy compound, a live stream shows black smoke rising in a giant cloud.

Gunfire could also be heard, and a black flag is hanging over the embassy building: 

Black flag over #usembassytunis twitter.com/yarotrof/statu…

— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) September 14, 2012

12:20 p.m.: Marines go to Yemen to respond to violence

About 2,000 protesters marched on the U.S. embassy in Yemen's capital of Sana'a Friday.  On Thursday, protesters burned the American flag there.

The Associated Press reports that an elite Marine rapid response team of 50 is now in Sana'a to respond to the violence. Embassy employees are being transported to a safer location.

This is what it looks like outside the embassy, according to the Yemen Times:

Photo: protestor in front of smoke cloud outside U.S. #embassy #Sanaa #Yemen twitter.com/theyementimes/…

— The Yemen Times (@theyementimes) September 13, 2012

12:00 p.m.: Map of protests around the world


View Muslim Protests in a larger map (Via The Atlantic Wire.)