POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 8:04am
NBC News — Massive anti-American protests are expected today in Cairo after friday prayers let out. Protesters were already out in the streets near the U.S. embassy friday morning. Egyptian riot police had to fire tear gas at the crowd several times to disperse them.
Much larger protests are expected across North Africa and the Middle East later today. Protests first broke out in the region on tuesday after rumors spread that the United States was going to play nationwide an obscure anti-Muslim Youtube video.