Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Security forces in Lebanon use tear gas to disperse protesters at the  embassy

Security forces in Lebanon use tear gas to disperse protesters at the embassy

There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters close to the embassy complex north of the capital, Beirut.
Overnight the Arab League condemned the US decision.
It said the US could not now be relied upon as a broker of Middle East peace.
The protesters threw stones and set fires in the street close to the embassy in the Awkar district.
The security forces had barricaded the main road leading to the large complex.
Local media reported that some protesters had tried to break through the entrance to the compound, climbing barbed wire.
The demonstrators, many wearing black and white scarves, chanted slogans denouncing Mr Trump.
Lebanon Communist Party leader, Hanna Gharib, told the protesters the US was “the enemy of Palestine”.
One group set an effigy of the US president alight.

Lebanon is home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, including those who fled Israel after it was founded, and their descendants.
There have been three days of protests by Palestinians and their supporters since Mr Trump’s announcement, both in the region and in nations further afield.
Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in the 1967 war – as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Mr Trump has said his decision fulfils a campaign promise and that it is “nothing more or less than recognition of reality”.
The Arab League resolution came overnight after hours of talks in Cairo.

It was backed by a number of US allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who had already voiced their concern.
Jerusalem is of huge importance to both Israel and the Palestinians. It contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
Israel occupied the eastern sector – previously occupied by Jordan – in 1967, and annexed it in 1980, but the move has never been recognised internationally.

Some 330,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem, along with about 200,000 Israeli Jews in a dozen settlements there.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel does not regard them as settlements but legitimate neighbourhoods. -BBC

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