Obviously our president and Secretary of State have more pressing issues on their plate than protecting our embassies.
Rioters have been seen scaling the wall of the U.S. embassy in Tunis amid reports of black smoke and the sounds of gunfire coming from the diplomatic compound in the Tunisian capital, Al Jazeera and the Associated Press reports.
The Associated Press also reports a large cloud of black smoke seen coming from around US embassy in Tunis.
CNN, quoting journalist Zeid Mhirsi, also reports that protesters are climbing the gates of the U.S. Embassy in the tunisian capital. It says police have fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them.
CNN quotes Mhirsi as saying some protesters are also throwing rocks at the police, while others are waving black flags as they attempt to “vandalize the gates.”
The place is on fire, apparently.
Video from Tunisia’s capital shows thick, black smoke rising from an area near the U.S. Embassy. It’s not clear what was on fire.
Protesters there had taken down a U.S. flag from the embassy property and replaced it with a black flag, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reported. Police fired tear gas at protesters as some of them climbed the property’s walls.
Update: Via John E., here’s an image of the embassy fire.