July 12, 2011
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out Monday at Syrian authorities for not protecting U.S. and French embassies in Damascus, adding she felt its president “has lost legitimacy” and wants to deflect attention from a crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Clinton insisted that Syria must meet its “international obligations immediately” to safeguard diplomats and property, hours after U.S. officials say that hundreds descended on its embassy for the third time in four days, scaling its walls and inflicting considerable damage.
Demonstrators also tried to break into the French Embassy in the same Middle Eastern nation Monday, said Romain Nadal, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry. Security officers at France’s embassy were forced to fire three warning shots, the embassy said on its Twitter account.
These incidents mark the latest escalation between Syrian and Western authorities, many of which have criticized reported violent crackdowns against anti-government demonstrators.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 3:01 am