Incident broadcast on Syrian television shows Robert Ford being swathed in poster of Syrian leader; the broadcast accuses U.S. envoy of instigating protests.
The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, was attacked in Damascus last week by a supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to a video broadcast on Syrian television.
The American ambassador is seen on video being accosted by a group of protesters, one of whom was attempting to swath him with a poster of the Syrian president.
Diplomatic security officers were quick to intervene and pull Ford away to his car.
The video was initially broadcast on a Syrian television station owned by a close associate of Assad. The broadcast accused the American ambassador of trying to instigate anti-Assad demonstrations in Damascus.
The incident apparently occurred after Ford returned from an unauthorized tour in the Jassem on August 23. The U.S. State Department said it could not verify the authenticity of the video, according to media reports.