US condemns torching of embassies in Syria

The White House said Saturday it will hold Syria responsible for the burning of Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, saying such violence does not occur there without the host government's approval. In a statement released at US President George W. Bush's ranch in central Texas, the United States strongly condemned the fires at the two embassies in the Syrian capital, which also damaged the Chilean and Swedish embassies. The condemnation is the latest chapter in declining US-Syrian relations. "We will hold Syria responsible for such violent demonstrations since they do not take place in that country without government knowledge and support," said presidential press secretary Scott McClellan.