Soldiers opened fire to drive away young Muslims protesting the film in the central city of Jos, as demonstrators elsewhere in the county’s north burned a U.S. flag.
The youths, some wearing white shirts that read ‘‘To Hell With America, To Hell With Israel,’’ chanted slogans and called for the arrest of the makers of the film. It was not clear whether anyone was injured in the gunfire or the melee.
Muslims attacked a Christian school in the city of Zinder, setting fire to the school’s door and student bunks and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary before security forces intervened.
Thousands shouted ‘‘Death to America’’ and ‘‘Death to Israel’’ in Tehran in a demonstration after Friday prayers. Some burned the American and Israeli flags. State TV says similar protests were held in other Iranian cities.
Hundreds of hardline Muslims held peaceful protests against the film throughout Pakistan, shouting slogans and carrying banners criticizing the U.S. and those involved in the film. Police in Islamabad set up barricades and razor wire to block off a diplomatic enclave where the U.S. Embassy and many other foreign missions are located.
About 200 protesters waved the Syrian flag and shouted anti-American slogans outside the long-closed U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The crowd held banners saying: ‘‘He who curses the Prophet doesn’t seek democracy’’ and ‘‘a nation whose Prophet is Muhammad, would never kneel down.’’ The U.S. embassy has been closed since February because of the country’s bloody conflict that has killed about 23,000 people.
About 1,000 protesters gathered outside the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in the capital, Doha, chanting anti-US slogans and calling for Washington to remove its military presence from the strategic Gulf nation.
An influential cleric reminded worshippers that the American government had no role in the film and that ‘‘loyalty to the Prophet is not expressed by attacking embassies.’’
In London, around 250 protesters marched noisily but peacefully through Britain’s capital to the U.S. embassy. The group, which called itself the ‘‘Defenders of The Prophet,’’ held placards denouncing the U.S. and perceived Western imperialism.
Hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul’s Beyazit Square to protest the film. The protest was organized by Turkey’s main Islamist political party, Saadet.
In the city of Nablus, about 200 people demonstrated against the film as Muslim clerics throughout the territory preached against it in Friday sermons.
About 200 protesters chanted slogans and held up signs in a largely peaceful protest outside the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in the capital, Jakarta. Indonesia’s government has been working to block access to clips of the film online, and a prominent cleric has urged calm.
About 20 protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. They briefly shouted ‘‘Allahu akbar!’’ or God is great, and handed reporters a letter addressed to the American ambassador expressing anger over the movie and calling for greater respect for religions.
In addition to countries where protests have already occurred, U.S. embassies around the world, including in France and Austria, put out alerts to Americans on Friday advising them to review their personal security measures and warning them demonstrations may occur and may turn violent.
Other embassies issuing alerts on Friday were those in Mauritania, where a protest was underway near a major bank, and India, where a regional leader in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir called on U.S. citizens to ‘‘immediately leave.’’
Since Sept. 11, 65 U.S. embassies and consulates have released alerts related to the protests, according to the State Department.