Monday, July 11, 2011

Protesters attack U.S. embassy with eggs

Syrian pro-government protesters threw tomatoes, eggs and rocks at the U.S. Embassy to protest the visit of Ambassador Robert Ford the besieged rebel stronghold of Hama, U.S. officials said. A senior State Department official said there were no reports of injuries, but that the embassy employees were hit by food thrown.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Ford traveled Thursday to Hama, where he was greeted by a friendly crowd that put flowers and olive branches on his car, while chanting "Down with the regime." Supporters of the government of President Bashar Assad responded Friday with a demonstration outside the embassy which lasted until Saturday.

Ford traveled from Syria on Thursday to support the democratic opening protesters demanding the regime. Last week, human rights groups denounced the killing of 22 people and 80 wounded by police in Hama. The U.S. State Department announced that Ford spoke to more than a dozen residents in the city and visited a hospital that treated a victim of violence perpetrated by the Syrian security.

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