News Brief 7/11/2011, Tammuz 9, 5771
Syrian Mobs Invade US, French Embassies in Damascus
A report Monday said that groups loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had broken into the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus. A group breached the wall of the U.S. embassy but were repelled by marines, while French embassy guards fired into another crowd to push them back. Several injuries were reported. One report said that the Syrian mob managed to get into the American embassy before the marines threw them out, spraying anti-American graffiti and flying a Syrian flag in the building. Syrian police eventually broke the crowds up, finally succeeding after two and a half hours.
A U.S. official said that the Syrian response was “slow and insufficient.” Obama administration officials said that they would file an official complaint with Syria over the incident, and would summon the Syrian ambassador in for a discussion of the matter.