Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Demonstrations against US Jerusalem Policy Continue Worldwide

Demonstrations against US Jerusalem Policy Continue Worldwide

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

The Beirut protesters burned USA and Israeli flags, piles of garbage and an effigy of Trump, the Associated Press reported.

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the United States embassy as they protested Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Before the anticipated protest, the security forces have blocked all roads leading to the embassy and tightened security measures in surrounding areas on Sunday morning.

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"Most scattered. Four people dragged away a woman who seemed hit very badly with tear gas, and was unable to walk".

On Sunday, the foreign ministers of the Arab League countries called for the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

The protests were part of a Palestinian "day of rage" following Trump's announcement that he planned to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

"We came to say to the US Embassy that it is an embassy of aggression and that Jerusalem is Arab and will stay Arab", said Ahmad Mustafa, an official in the leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who was among the demonstrators.

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King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia said "that such a unsafe step of relocation or recognition of Al-Quds as the capital of Israel would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world", according to the Washington Post.

The head of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, has called for a mass demonstration against Trump's decision on Monday in the group's stronghold in the southern Beirut suburbs. Demonstrations were also held in Israel and across the world.

Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for "wisdom and prudence" in the wake of clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Trump said the decision was merely to "acknowledge the obvious", saying "this is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".

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The U.S. decision has ignited protests across the Middle East, where it is widely seen as a blatantly pro-Israel move that threatens the decades-old peace process. Hundreds of Israeli Arabs protested Saturday along a major highway. Because the final status of Jerusalem is between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The foreign ministers of the 22-member states of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting at their headquarters in Cairo on Saturday.

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