Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at people who were protesting outside the US embassy in Beirut after some protesters threw rocks at the police. According media reports, several people were injured.
The protest was organized by a local Islamic group. People brought Palestinian flags and chanted slogans, denouncing Arab leaders for their inaction.
Tear gas and small clashes outside US embassy in Beirut as protesters throw rocks at police following Trump's Jerusalem decision. Several young men being carried out. pic.twitter.com/KmzSghJ7BL— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) December 10, 2017
Journalist Israa' Al-Safadi is one of those injured by Lebanese security forces that attacked demonstrators before the American Embassy in #Beirut and threw tear-gas grenades towards them.#HandsOffJerusalem #JerusalemIsTheCapitalOfPalestine pic.twitter.com/h4aZibQrJO— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) December 10, 2017
Lebanese protesters broke through the cordons securing US Embassy in Lebanon's capital of Beirut and were detained by the security forces, Omar Dib from the Lebanese Communist Party told Sputnik on Sunday.
"Several young men broke the fence and the gates of the security cordon in front of the embassy. These gates are not the gates of the embassy itself, but the gates of the cordon. The embassy is far from them. The men were detained, but others are still trying to reach closer [to the building]," Dib said.
#Lebanon now— F areed Alhor (@fareedalmhlol) December 10, 2017
Lebanese security forces disperse protests for #Palestine using tear gas against people in front of the US embassy in #Beirut after the demonstrators tried to storm the embassy fence. pic.twitter.com/RAvUAyK7Tu
Shortly after the rally's beginning, the clashes between protesters and the Lebanese security forces started.
Islamic groups hold protest outside US embassy in Beirut — they denounce Arab leaders for lack of action; support the intifada & call on PA to declare peace process dead pic.twitter.com/lN9P2T8gIv— Muhsinbille_MB (@Muhsinbille_MB) December 10, 2017
The Lebanese security forces have barricaded the main road to the US embassy as protesters set fires in the street.
Earlier in the day, the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Arab countries to conduct a common political course after the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel resorting to a wide range of tools including sanctions.
"It is necessary to revive the single Arab policy, adopt deterrent measures in response to the decision of the United States as well as any other state on moving their embassy to Jerusalem — from diplomatic measures to political ones as well as economic and financial sanctions," Bassil said on Saturday at an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League member states in Cairo.
The emergency meeting of the Council of the Arab League has also called on the international community to recognize the Palestinian State with its capital in Eastern Jerusalem.
On December 6, the US President announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and signed the document on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which sparked mass protests in many countries around the world, primarily in the Middle East.
Following Trump's move, the leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas has called for another Arab intifada uprising against Israel.