Riots Outside US Embassy in Beirut


Security forces cut off all roads leading to the embassy in northern Beirut to prevent protesters from reaching the mission.

Protesters are seen near the USA embassy in Awkar, in Beirut, Lebanon December 10, 2017. Others, waving the Palestinian flag, chanted: "God Bless Jerusalem" and "America is the head of terrorism".

The Lebanese security forces at the scene responded by spraying the protesters with water cannons and shooting tear gas to disperse the crowd, reports The New York Times.

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Thousands of protesters have gathered in front of the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, to protest the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel launched airstrikes early Saturday against what it said were Hamas targets in Gaza, after several rockets were fired out of Gaza towards Israel.

On Monday, a large demonstration organized by Hezbollah is planned in the southern suburb of Beirut. Two Palestinians were killed in those airstrikes, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

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Lebanese security forces clashed with demonstrators near the US embassy in Beirut on Sunday as anger over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued to spread across the region.

Widespread protests against Trump's move could be seen across the Muslim world, including Turkey, Indonesia and the Palestinian lands.

Before the protests broke out in Lebanon, the Arab League condemned Trump's decision as well, describing it as a "dangerous" development.

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"We came to say to the US Embassy that it is an embassy of aggression and that Jerusalem is Arab and will stay Arab", said Ahmad Mustafa, an official in the leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who was among the demonstrators. In a recent meeting, Arab foreign ministers urged the United States to abandon its decision, citing the president's announcement as a threat to peace in the region.