Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is condemning an attack on the top U.S. envoy to Syria as "wholly unjustified."
Clinton demanded on Thursday that the Syrian government fulfill its international obligations to protect all foreign diplomats and diplomatic properties. An angry mob pelted U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and several aides with tomatoes and eggs as they visited a prominent opposition figure. Neither Ford nor his aides were injured, but several armored embassy vehicles were badly damaged before Syrian security forces arrived and were able to escort them to safety.
Ford has been an outspoken critic of the Syrian government as it continues a brutal crackdown against reform protesters. The Obama administration has called for President Bashar Assad to step down.