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US envoy target of pro-government Syrian protest
US says Syrian crowd pelts US Embassy with eggs, rocks after envoy's visit to rebel stronghold
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The U.S. says pro-government demonstrators in the Syrian capital threw tomatoes, eggs and rocks at the U.S. Embassy to protest Ambassador Robert Ford's visit to the besieged rebel stronghold of Hama.

A senior State Department official says there were no reports of injuries, but two embassy employees were struck by food.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of the issue.

Ford drove to Hama on Thursday, where he was greeted by friendly crowds who put flowers on his windshield and olive branches on his car, chanting "Down with the Regime!"

Supporters of President Bashar Assad's government retaliated with the demonstration outside the embassy Friday that continued until Saturday evening.

The U.S. official says Ford told the Syrian foreign minister Sunday that the aggressive protests must stop.

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