The US has condemned Thursday’s attack on a convoy carrying their ambassador whilst he visited opposition members in Syria.
Robert Ford was in the capital Damascus, when a crowd of President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters threw rocks, eggs and tomatoes at the vehicles. Earlier, he had to wait for help from Syrian security. Although no one was injured, a number of embassy cars were damaged.
Speaking at a press conference in Washington, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said: “It reflects an intolerance on the part of the regime and its supporters and it is deeply regrettable that we have the Assad regime continuing its campaign of violence against its own people.”
The crackdown on pro-democracy protesters continues, with Assad blaming the unrest on foreign incitement.
The government claims seven soldiers have been killed fighting terrorists in the central town of Rastan, which has mounted armed resistance after months of peaceful demonstrations.