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North Texas Muslim Community Condemns Middle East Violence

By Susy Solis, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Muslim community is condemning the violence that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador overseas.

An anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. that mocks the prophet Mohammed sparked deadly riots and a protests in front of the U.S. Embassy in Libya where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“As an American, I’m upset that our embassies are being attacked and my flag is being desecrated,” said Abdullah Shawky, who helped organize a vigil to honor the slain ambassador. “I’m upset that my fellow countryman is behind some of this.”

Shawky is an American whose parents are from Egypt.

Early Sunday, the state department issued new travel warnings for Americans traveling to Sudan and Tunisia, where anti-American riots broke out over the weekend. Similar advisories have been issued for Algeria and Libya.

Over the weekend, dozens in the North Texas Muslim community gathered to pay respect to the fallen ambassador.

“I’m upset that Muslims are acting out in a manner that does not represent Islam whatsoever,” Shawky said.

Shawky said the Muslim community is praying for justice and peace.

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