Lebanon forces fire tear gas at protestors near U.S. embassy


Unrest continued to erupt across the Mideast over the weekend following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there.

"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.

An AFP photographer was lightly wounded in the chest when a member of the Lebanese security forces fired a rubber bullet at him. But what seemed to be the end of the demonstration was only the beginning of the most violent clashes.

Protesters try to enter the USA embassy as they are sprayed by riot police using water cannons during a demonstration in Aukar, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Tear gas has been repeatedly fired to disperse the crowd, while protesters threw what appeared to be smoke grenades across the fence.

A group of demonstrators set alight an effigy of the United States president, whose decision has upended decades of American diplomacy and an worldwide consensus to leave the status of Jerusalem to be resolved in negotiations.

"We have taken a political decision not meant to reflect [what is going on in] the streets".

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Protesters plied open the gate of the embassy compound but were turned back by security forces, according to Haaretz.

"It isn't just a city, it's the struggle in which we grew up to build the Palestinian cause", she said. "It is impossible to implement this decision as long as there are people like us", said a Palestinian protester.

The demonstration outside the embassy comes as Lebanese group Hezbollah plans to hold a demonstration Monday in the Beirut suburbs to condemn Trump's decision.

Lebanon is home to more than 400,000 Palestinian refugees, who are living in 12 camps scattered across the country.

Trump's announcement drew widespread anger and criticism among the Palestinians as well as the Arabs and Muslims across the world.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki called Trump's decision "illegal and illegitimate and null and void legally and politically", saying there would be no formal communication with U.S. officials.