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U.S. Embassy Convoy Attacked Again in Sidon

U.S. embassy officials visiting south Lebanon Thursday were attacked, but unhurt, by residents accusing them of being "Israeli conspirators," in the second such incident in a week, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

Around 60 supporters of leftist groups gathered outside a government office in the port city of Sidon and pelted an embassy convoy with stones as it drove by, with some shouting "Americans, Israeli conspirators, in our government offices."

A U.S. embassy official confirmed there had been an "incident" in Sidon but refused to give details.

"We had a security delegation that had a pre-scheduled meeting with head of the Internal Security Forces in Sidon," the official told AFP.

"The delegation went down, met with the official and an incident occurred," he added.

"I will not give further details, but people in the delegation returned to the embassy without injuries."

On Saturday, Lebanese youths threw stones and bottles at a U.S. embassy group that was visiting Sidon.

Lebanese security forces accompanying the Americans intervened, but stones continued to be thrown, breaking car windows. The army then arrived and arrested three of the attackers.

Again, there were no injuries.

On Monday, the United States warned its citizens against traveling to Lebanon "due to current safety and security concerns."

Source: Agence France Presse


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