American officials say that the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Syria was attacked by a mob shortly after pro-government protesters stormed the U.S. embassy compound in Damascus.

The officials said no one was injured on the attack on Ambassador Robert Ford’s home, which is not part of the embassy compound, but that there was some damage to the residence. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Earlier, a U.S. official said the State Department would formally protest the attack on the embassy and may demand compensation for damage caused there.

The protests were over visits by the U.S. and French ambassadors last week to the opposition stronghold of Hama in central Syria.


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