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US embassy attacked in Syria

Reuters/Sana/Handout

The US embassy in Syria was attacked by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, following a weekend of rising tensions between Washington and Damascus.

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The embassy suffered physical damage including anti-US graffiti and broken windows, but no personnel were harmed, embassy officials said.

Earlier, security personnel at the French embassy fired into the air to disperse a crowd.

The protests come four days after US Ambassador Robert Ford, and his French counterpart Eric Chevallier, visited the central city of Hama, a flashpoint for demonstrations against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sparking outrage in Damascus.

Witnesses said the angry “mob” sprayed graffiti referring to Ford as a “dog”.

Tensions have been escalating for months between Damascus and Washington over the Syrian government's fierce response to opposition protests seeking to oust Assad.

Mondays attack also coincides with a government-organised dialogue conference in Damascus that many oposition groups are boycotting.

 

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