In Syria, Scandinavian embassies have been set alight by demonstrators angry over newspaper cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. It comes amid continued anti-European protests throughout the Muslim world. Thousands of people stormed the building housing the Danish embassy. No-one was hurt as the embassy was closed at the time. Copenhagen has warned its citizens against travelling to Syria and is urging all Danes to leave the country.
Denmark is at the eye of the storm as a Danish paper originally published the cartoons which many Muslims find offensive. One depicted the prophet Mohammed wearing a turban resembling a bomb. For many Muslims, depicting the Prophet Mohammed is forbidden, and European leaders have called for calm, expressing deep concern about the furore that has erupted over the past few days. The crowd also turned its attention to Norway’s embassy in Damascus. Oslo has already pulled all aid workers and diplomats out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after protests there. From London to the Pakistani city of Lahore, demonstrators have rallied to condemn the cartoons.