The United States ordered non-essential staff to leave its embassies in Tunisia and Sudan yesterday after both diplomatic posts were attacked and Khartoum rejected a US request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at its mission there.
The US embassies in Tunis and Khartoum were attacked on Friday by protesters infuriated by a widely disseminated anti-Islamic film that insults the Prophet Mohammad and has provoked a violent reaction across the Muslim world.
Four people were killed and 46 injured in the assault on the US Embassy in Tunis, according to a hospital official in the city.
In Khartoum, around 5,000 people protesting against the film stormed the German embassy before breaking into the US mission on Friday. They also attacked the British embassy and at least two people were killed in clashes with police, according to state media.