Iran attack on UK embassy: 5 high profile embassy breaches

The best-known example of what happens when hostility reaches a breaking point is the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, but numerous embassies have been stormed since then.

By , Staff writer

2. Pro-Assad Syrians raid US, French embassies in Damascus (July 11, 2011)

After US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and French Ambassador Eric Chavellier visited the Syrian city of Hama, a stronghold of the opposition against President Assad’s regime, Assad supporters in the capital attacked the two embassies.

 In the absence of Syrian police or security forces, several protesters managed to enter the US embassy compound. Although Mr. Ford was unharmed, the protesters did significant damage to embassy. Ford was recalled to the United States three months later.

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