Syrian TV Accuses U.S. Ambassador of Instigating Protests in Damascus
    2011-08-23 22:57:18     Xinhua       Web Editor: Chudaye

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford suddenly appeared in front of Ash-Sham hotel in central Damascus instigating Syrians to demonstrate, the Syrian Private Addounia TV said Tuesday.

The TV said passers-by shouted immediately pro-Syrian president slogans and expressed rejection of sedition.

Earlier on Tuesday, a source at the U.S. embassy in Damascus said Ford visited Monday the southern village of Jassem in Daraa province on a short "routine" visit.

The source told Xinhua that Ford got a permission from the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Syria has been in unrest since mid-March when anti-government protests broke out in the southern province of Daraa and spilled into other Syrian cities. The authorities blamed the unrest on armed groups and extremists backed by a foreign conspiracy aiming to topple al-Assad's regime and foment sectarian rifts in the country.

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