Lebanon quells riot, arrests protesters at U.S. embassy in Beirut

New York City rally in solidarity with Palestine

New York City rally in solidarity with Palestine

Dozens of leftists and Islamists Lebanese demonstrators clashed with security forces outside the US Embassy in Awkar, Beirut, on Sunday, in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Naharnet reported.

Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters close to the embassy complex north of the capital, Beirut.

Lebanese security forces on the scene responded with tear gas and water cannons, as demonstrators lit a large garbage can and vehicle tires on fire.

Protesters, some of them waving the Palestinian flag, set fires in the street and threw projectiles towards the security forces who had barricaded the main road leading to the US embassy in the Awkar area north of Beirut in the Awkar area.

Footage from the scene shows protestors plying open the gate of the compound, but being repelled by security forces. What they're chanting is "Palestine forgive us, they closed the door on us", clearly in reference to Arab leaders", meaning that "protesters here feel Arab leaders have just been talking, but not taking any action.

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Trump in his White House speech insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue, and described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality. Palestinians are seeking East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Lebanon is home to 450,000 Palestinian refugees, almost 10 percent of the population.

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

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

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