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Furore Over Cartoons Escalates

Published måndag 6 februari 2006 kl 11.58
The building housing the Dansh and Swedish embassies in Damascus Saturday

Protests against published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed are becomming increasingly violent.

The first casualties were reported in Afghanistan and Somalia as protesters clashed with police. Following fires at buildings housing the Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian embassies in Damascus and Beirut this weekend, the Swedish Foreign Ministry has recommended that Swedes avoid travel to Lebanon and Syria.

Charter company Apollo has cancelled trips to Jerusalem and Egypt .

Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds criticized the Syrian government for failing to protect the missions in Damascus. She called the violence completely unacceptable and called on the European Union and the Arab world to act together to head off further violence.

Here, Sweden’s intelligence services have increased security at several embassies.

And a school in southern Sweden has decided to discontinue using a school book containing pictures of the Prophet Mohammed.

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