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    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

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    Hundreds of people gathered near the US embassy in Beirut to protest against Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    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.

    READ MORE: Trump's Jerusalem Statement Already 'Deepening Tension and Igniting Anger'

    The protest was organized by a local Islamic group. People brought Palestinian flags and chanted slogans, denouncing Arab leaders for their inaction.

    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.

    ​​Shortly after the rally's beginning, the clashes between protesters and the Lebanese security forces started.

    ​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.

    READ MORE: Arab League Calls for International Recognition of Palestinian State

    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.

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