Violent clashes near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

Violent clashes broke out near the United States Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday as local security forces fired tear gas and a water cannon into crowds of protesters throwing stones and sparking fires.

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The rally was against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, sparking protest in major cities across the Arab world.

The Arab League officially condemned Washington’s recognition during a meeting overnight on Sunday declaring that the U.S. had forfeited its position as Middle East peacemaker by taking the Israeli stance on Jerusalem.

Crowds were stopped by a barricade cutting off the main road leading to the embassy in the busy Awkar district, with some individuals attempting to get through.

Protesters attempt to break through barricade to US Embassy from the BBC.

At one point, a group set an effigy of Trump on fire, and others burned vehicles in the streets.

Local monitors say “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinian refugees and their descendents have found residence in Lebanon. There is also a significant Palestinian presence in Jordan.

Other U.S. embassies have suffered protests as well. In Indonesia, a massive peaceful demonstration took place outside the embassy in the capital city of Jakarta.

More details to follow. Image 1 of the protests from social media. 


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