Hillary Clinton Calls for Syria to Protect U.S. Diplomats

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday condemned an attack on the U.S. ambassador in Damascus. She’s demanding that Syria take steps to better protect U.S. diplomats.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hurled rocks and tomatoes at U.S. ambassador Robert Ford’s convoy as he visited an opposition figure in Damascus, as Syria accuses Washington of inciting violence and meddling in its affairs.

[Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State]:

“We condemn this unwarranted attack in the strongest possible terms. Ambassador (Robert) Ford and his aides were conducting normal embassy business and this attempt to intimidate our diplomats through violence is wholly unjustified.”

Ford and some colleagues from the U.S. embassy were visiting Hassan Abdelazim, a centrist politician who has demanded an end to Assad’s crackdown.

Ford was also inside the building when about 200 Assad supporters attacked the embassy vehicles with large rocks and street signs.

The Syrian government say once they were aware of the confrontation, they “took all necessary procedures to protect the ambassador and his team.”

[Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State]:

“This inexcusable assault is clearly part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation aimed at not only American diplomats but diplomats from other countries, foreign observers, who are raising questions about what is going on inside Syria.”

No one in the ambassadors party was injured, but several embassy vehicles were damaged.

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