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September 21st, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Bracing for more protests in Middle East – CNN's Reza Sayah on how embassies, countries are preparing for potential violence

(CNN) - Several diplomatic facilities were shuttered Friday as many brace for intensified protests over the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims," as well as recently published cartoons in a French publication of a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed.

Demonstrations have raged for days as many in the Muslim world are angry about the U.S.-made Prophet Mohammed mocking film and the French cartoon. And some believe Friday prayers, a time of protest recently in the Middle East and North Africa, could add fuel to the fire.

Protesters in Peshawar, Pakistan torched two movie theaters in the city Friday morning, in protest against the film and the cartoon, a fire official said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Reza Sayah details the new demonstrations and explains how countries are bracing for an uptick in violence.

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