Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

12 December, 2017, 18:41 | Author: Irene Delgado
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The almost three-hour demonstration in Mount Lebanon's Awkar, north of Beirut, reflected a broad cross section of voices protesting in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite barricades and barbed wire erected by the ISF to keep the demonstrations a kilometer away from the embassy.

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.

The protesters, covered in Palestinian flags, lit fires in the streets and threw stones and objects at the security forces.

Security forces cordoned off the area around the embassy and deployed water cannon, stopping people about 3km away from the embassy building.

The White House's Jerusalem announcement on Wednesday triggered widespread protests, with tens of thousands across the region venting their anger.

The demonstrators included members of Palestinian parties, as well as Lebanese Islamists and leftists.

A Kuwaiti demonstrator burns a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a demonstration in front of the National Assembly in Kuwait City on December 9, 2017, against US President Donald Trump's recongition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Lebanon is home to nearly half a million Palestinian refugees.

Other protests have taken place in the Indonesia capital, Jakarta, where about 10,000 people rallied on Sunday outside the US Embassy to denounce Trump's decision.

In the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday, thousands protested outside the U.S. embassy, many waving banners saying "Palestine is in our hearts". But a resolution they put forward was short on concrete actions while condemning Trump's decision.

Israel seized control of East Jerusalem in 1967 and declared the city as its eternal capital in 1980, a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

In Kuwait City, protesters gathered Saturday at Irada Square outside the National Assembly carrying banners reading "Jerusalem is an eternal Palestinian capital" and "Terrorism is an American business". The Lebanese government has never formally recognized their status as refugees, and Palestinians are barred from dozens of professions.

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


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