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Alexandria, Egypt -- Dozens of protesters staged a noisy demonstration outside of a newly re-opened United States consulate in Egypt's port city of Alexandria on Sunday, the day that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited it.
Some of the demonstrators threw tomatoes and water bottles at her motorcade when it arrived and later departed.
Clinton was in Alexandria on the second day of her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
A senior state department official said that neither Clinton nor the vehicle in which she was traveling were struck by any of the projectiles.
Protesters chanted: "Monica, Monica", a reference to Former President Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair with Monica Lewinsky.
It was not clear who the protesters were or what political affiliations they had.
Protesters outside Clinton's hotel on Saturday night chanted anti-Islamist slogans, accusing the United States of backing the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power.
Clinton also met the country's top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, on Sunday to discuss Egypt's turbulent democratic transition as the military wrestles for influence with the new president.
The meeting came a day after Clinton met Mursi, whose powers were clipped by the military days before he took office.
Protesters outside of the consulate burned U.S. and Israeli flags, with some accusing the United States of undermining Mursi and others accusing the United States of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, of which he was a senior leader.
Ties with the United States, which provides Egypt with an annual $1.3 billion in military aid, were strained this year when Egyptian judicial police raided the offices of several U.S.-backed non-governmental organizations on suspicion of illegal foreign funding and put several Americans on trial.
The spat ended when Egyptian authorities allowed the U.S. citizens and other foreign workers to leave the country.
The small contingent of protesters remained outside of the consulate during Clinton's visit there and threw water bottles at her motorcade as it left for the airport after sundown.
Clinton traveled from Alexandria to the next leg of her Middle East visit in Tel Aviv, Israel.