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Protesters Clash with Security Forces Near US Embassy in Lebanon

Protesters Clash with Security Forces Near US Embassy in Lebanon

Scores of Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

As a result, he will also move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem over the course of the next three to four years.

Jordan's King Abdullah also issued a statement, saying "that the decision will have serious implications that will undermine efforts to resume the peace process and will provoke Muslims and Christians alike", according to Reuters.

Israel seized control of East Jerusalem in 1967 and declared the city as its eternal capital in 1980, a move never recognized by the global community.

"Our hope is that everything is calming down and that we are returning to a path of normal life without riots and without violence", Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki called Trump's decision "illegal and illegitimate and null and void legally and politically", saying there would be no formal communication with U.S. officials.

An global consensus has long held that Jerusalem's final status should be determined through negotiations.

The State Department that protests could break out in the region following the change in policy.

"We came here for a sit-in in front of the USA embassy to protest the decision taken by Trump".

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Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the USA embassy during the demonstration, TV footage showed.

In the Moroccan capital, Rabat, tens of thousands of protesters marched down the city's main thoroughfare chanting slogans including, "The people want to liberate Palestine" and " Death to Israel, enemy of the people and provoker of wars".

Among other things, the rioters reportedly burned USA and Israeli flags and an effigy of Donald Trump, sending plumes of black smoke into the air.

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.

"There is no alternative to the two-State solution", Guterres said, "There is no Plan B".

Late on Saturday Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo urged the United States to abandon its decision and said the move would spur violence throughout the region.

An AFP photographer was lightly wounded in the chest when a member of the Lebanese security forces fired a rubber bullet at him.

Israel launched airstrikes early Saturday against what it said were Hamas targets in Gaza, after several rockets were fired out of Gaza towards Israel.


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