Protesters Clash with Security Forces Near US Embassy in Lebanon

  • Protesters Clash with Security Forces Near US Embassy in Lebanon

Protesters Clash with Security Forces Near US Embassy in Lebanon

Scores of Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with security forces outside the US Embassy in Beirut over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Protesters carrying Palestinian and Lebanese flags and wearing keffiyeh scarves had gathered outside the embassy compound in the Awkar area north of Beirut to protest against Trump's decision Wednesday to upend decades of US policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The forces fired tear gas when the demonstrators tried to breach the barbed wire and reach a closed road leading to the embassy, a police source said.

Demonstrators set fires in the street, torched USA and Israeli flags and threw projectiles towards security forces that had barricaded the main road to the complex.

RIOT cops and protesters clashed in Lebanon outside the the American Embassy as anti Israel demonstrations turned ugly.

Security forces cordoned off the area around the embassy and deployed water cannon, stopping people about 3km away from the embassy building. He also said Trump's Jerusalem announcement was "null and void".

The call to protest had been made by several political groups, including the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and civil society associations.

Since 1947, Palestinians fleeing Israel have settled across Lebanon in 12 refugee camps.

Hezbollah - the Lebanese militia movement founded in response to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon - has condemned Trump's decision, although its first mass rally will not take place until Tuesday.

Trump said the decision was merely to "acknowledge the obvious", saying "this is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".

Several protesters burned United States and Israeli flags. But a resolution they put forward was short on concrete actions while condemning Trump's decision.

"We won't leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child-murdering country", Erdogan said, accusing Israel of having no values other than "occupation and plunder". Since Wednesday evening, massive protests have been held throughout the Middle East, as well as in Asia and Europe.

Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo on Saturday urged the USA to abandon its decision on Jerusalem and said the move would spur violence throughout the region.