Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Protesters take cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration in front of the U.S. embassy in Aukar east of Beirut Lebanon Sunday Dec. 10 2017

Lebanese Police Use Tear Gas Against Protesters Near US Embassy in Beirut

Protests at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon took a violent turn Sunday when Internal Security Forces charged demonstrators after firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons as the crowd was dispersing.

Lebanese Communist Party head Hanna Gharib addressed the demonstrators, calling the United States "the enemy of Palestine".

They were blocked from reaching the complex by a metal gate sealing the road leading to the embassy, and security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to repel demonstrators who tried to open the gate by force.

Clashes have broken out between hundreds of protesters and Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Sunday during a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Angry demonstrators also burned a picture of Trump and set fire to USA and Israeli national flags while waving Palestinian flags as well as flags of various Palestinian factions.

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Trump's move Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and commit to moving the U.S. embassy to the holy city has prompted global condemnation and sparked protests worldwide, from Indonesia and Malaysia to Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.

The U.S. decision has ignited protests across the Middle East, where it is widely seen as a blatantly pro-Israel move that threatens the decades-old peace process.

Protesters told CNN they condemned Trump's steps on Jerusalem's status and said they were angry at the "impotence" of Arab leaders in the wake of the controversial decision.

Before the protests broke out in Lebanon, the Arab League condemned Trump's decision as well, describing it as a "dangerous" development.

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun slammed Trump's decision, calling it unsafe and a threat to the credibility of the U.S. as mediators of the peace process in the region. Israel claims the entire city as its unified capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, to be the capital of their future state.

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

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The powerful Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on Thursday said it backed calls for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel in response to the US decision.

The group's leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, urge for a protest against the decision in Beirut stronghold on Monday.

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