Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon
Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon
Protests in Lebanon Near US Embassy After Trump's Jerusalem Decision
12 December, 2017, 18:37
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday he hoped the violence that erupted in Palestinian protests against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was abating.
Similar violent protests have erupted across the world in response to Trump's decision earlier this week to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announce plans to move the us embassy there.
Tear gas has been repeatedly fired to disperse the crowd, while protesters threw what appeared to be smoke grenades across the fence.
The Associated Press reported that the protesters had burned effigies of Trump and USA and Israeli flags in the street and threw projectiles at security forces blocking the main road to the compound.
Sunday's demonstration began at around 9am with clashes breaking out soon after as demonstrators attempted to remove the police barrier - though the situation later calmed down.
In Jerusalem itself, violence has been limited to small confrontations between protesters and Israeli security forces. He also said Trump's Jerusalem announcement was "null and void".
The demonstrators included members of Palestinian parties, as well as Lebanese and leftists. Previously the USA position had been that Jerusalem's status should be resolved in peace talks between the two sides - a position shared by many world powers, who have located their Israeli embassies in Tel Aviv to avoid the appearance of taking sides in the dispute.
Some 450,000 Palestinian refugees are now living in camps across Lebanon, according to government data.
Protests have taken place outside US embassies in Lebanon, Jordan and elsewhere, with thousands taking to the streets to express their upset at the decision.
On Friday the US Embassy in Beirut issued a warning, saying that "several groups have announced public protests" and there were reports of "possible protests" on December 10.
A written statement from PKS described Trump's decision as "a form of humiliation and provocation against Muslims all over the world".
"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". The Lebanese government has never formally recognized their status as refugees, and Palestinians are barred from dozens of professions.
Overnight the Arab League condemned the United States decision. Since Wednesday evening, massive protests have been held throughout the Middle East, as well as in Asia and Europe.
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Trump's policy change put the "region on the verge of explosion". Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.
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