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Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Syria Set Afire During Protest

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Thousands of Syrians demonstrators angered at cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed have stormed the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, setting them on fire.

Police used tear gas against protesters at the Norwegian embassy Saturday and fired water cannon and tear gas to keep crowds away from the French embassy.

Both Norway and Denmark have urged their citizens to leave Syria

Protesters also threw stones, chanted slogans and burned European flags outside European buildings in several locations across Gaza, including the European Union offices. Protests also took place in London and Copenhagen.

In Tehran, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered officials to look into canceling all contracts with countries whose newspapers have published the caricatures.

The caricatures were first published in September in a Danish newspaper (Jylland Post) and later elsewhere. They have sparked major protests throughout the Muslim world

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