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Demonstrators, safety forces conflict exterior U.S. Embassy in Beirut

JERUSALEM — Scores of Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with safety forces exterior the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over President Donald Trump’s resolution to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The protesters gathered tons of of yards away from the embassy on Sunday, the place they burned an effigy of Mr. Trump, U.S. and Israeli flags, in addition to piles of rubbish, sending plumes of smoke into the air. As they hurled stones, safety forces responded with tear gasoline and water cannons. 

Many demonstrators wore black and white scarves, BBC Information stories. They chanted slogans decrying Mr. Trump.

The U.S. resolution has ignited protests throughout the Center East, the place it’s extensively seen as a blatantly pro-Israel transfer that threatens the decades-old peace course of.

Lebanon is dwelling to 450,000 Palestinian refugees, practically 10 % of the inhabitants. 

Earlier on Sunday, Israel’s prime minister stated he is able to defend Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in opposition to its European critics. Upon leaving on a diplomatic mission to Paris and Brussels late Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he “will current Israel’s reality with out worry and with head held excessive.”

Mr. Trump’s announcement has triggered denunciations from all over the world, even from shut allies like France, that steered he had needlessly stirred extra battle in an already risky area.

A global consensus has lengthy held that Jerusalem’s last standing ought to be decided by means of negotiations. Israel claims all the metropolis as its unified capital, whereas the Palestinians need east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, to be the capital of their future state. 

The Arab League condemned the U.S. resolution in a single day and stated the U.S. couldn’t be relied upon as a dealer of peace within the Center East, BBC Information stories.  

Protesters are seen close to the U.S. embassy in Awkar, in Beirut, Lebanon December 10, 2017.

MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS

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