29 September , 15:52
(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 29 – The American Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, was attacked this morning in Damascus by a group of loyalists who threw stones and tomatoes at the U.S. official immediately after he visited a well-known dissident. So reports pan-Arab TV network Al Arabiya, which cited eyewitnesses. By the end of August ambassador Ford was also attacked in the centre of Damascus by loyalist demonstrators. One of them tried to wrap a banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al Assad around the US envoy. Eyewitnesses quoted by al Arabiya report that the attack on Ford and the diplomatic convoy that accompanied him took place near the house of Hassan Abdel Azim, an elderly dissident and leader of a coalition of illegal parties. Azim has repeatedly asked the regime to end the bloody repression of anti-government demonstrators.
Last week French ambassador Eric Chevalier was pelted by a group of loyalists armed with sticks, stones, eggs and tomatoes in the old centre of Damascus. This attack took place immediately after his meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church in Syria. Both ambassadors had been showing their support to the popular uprising in public since June, before moving to Hama, the heart of the rebellion where they met the demonstrators.
After that they visited Jassem, a town in the southern region of Daraa, the activists’ main stronghold. Chevalier and Ford were present two weeks ago at the funeral ceremony for Ghiyath Matar, a young activist from Daraya, suburb of Damascus, and leader of the peaceful protest movement. She was arrested and killed under torture by the security services. According to the eyewitnesses, two cars of the US embassy have been damaged, and dozens of loyalists are still surrounding the house of the opposition member. (ANSAmed).