Ambassador: Azerbaijani embassy in Syria increases security measures
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 12 / Trend S.Agayeva /
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Syria has strengthened security measures after the incident at the French and United States Embassies, Azerbaijani ambassador to Syria Mahir Aliyev told Trend.
"The Embassy operates as usual," he said. "Nothing threatens the embassy's activity now."
Pro-government demonstrators in Syria wounded three employees of the French Embassy in an attempt to penetrate it, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a communique, RIA Novosti reported.
"France strongly condemns these actions that are contrary to Syria's obligations in regard to international law," he said.
Rallies were held in front of the French Embassy in Damascus and a consulate in Aleppo on Saturday to protest the ambassador's visit to Hama. In response, the French Foreign Ministry expressed its firm opposition to Syria's Ambassador to Paris Lamia Shakkour.
Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad on Monday broke into the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. No one was hurt during the attack.
The mass protests continued in Syria for more than three and a half months. They began in mid-March in Dera'a in the south, and then spread to other parts of the country. According to the Syrian human rights activists, more than 1,350 people were killed in clashes with security forces.
According to official sources, since the actions of "armed terrorist elements" which Syrian authorities hold responsible for the violence, 340 soldiers and security forces officers were killed.