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More U.S. embassies under siege across world

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  • Clashes break out in north Africa, Middle East
  • Protests come after attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya

Clashes are breaking out  Thursday near U.S. embassies in north Africa and parts of the Middle East in response to an anti-Muslim produced in America.

People tried to storm the main gate at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen overnight. Yemeni security forces fired shots to get people back and the government says the situation is now under control. Witnesses say some people tried to break windows into the embassy's security room. 

Demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Police were able to disperse the crowds using tear gas.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the movie, calling it "disgusting and reprehensible." She called on government leaders to protect diplomatic officials around the world.

"All governments have a responsibility to protect those spaces and people because to attack an embassy is to attack the idea that we can work together to build understanding and a better future," she said.

The protests come after the online release of an anti-Muslim film made in the United States, "Innocence of Muslims," that makes fun of the Prophet Mohammed, depicting him as a clownish figure, child molester and killer. On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate on Benghazi.

Read more: Victims of the Libya attack: Who were they?

The U.S. is deploying warships and surveillance drones to Libya. A group of Marines was also deployed to Libya to guard U.S. interests.

There are also reports of similar anti-U.S. protests in Israel, Iran, Gaza, Tunisia and Morocco. The United States called on U.S. citizens to stay away from the embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, on Wednesday.

Watch HLN and HLNtv.com for further details to this developing story.

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