Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Clashes erupt outside United States embassy in Beirut

Clashes erupt outside United States embassy in Beirut

A decisive change from longtime US policy, the move was widely supported in Israel, but drew condemnation from Arab leaders and many Western allies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has often sought to position himself as a leader of the Islamic world, on Sunday described Israel as a "terror state".

On Sunday, violence erupted for a fourth day in the occupied Palestinian territories in response to Trump's announcement. "I think the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we'll move towards peace". On Friday, Israeli jets carried out airstrikes against suspected terrorists in Gaza after rockets were fired at Israeli residential areas.

A Kuwaiti demonstrator burns a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a demonstration in front of the National Assembly in Kuwait City on December 9, 2017, against US President Donald Trump's recongition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It said similar and simultaneous protests also were held Sunday in at least 10 provincial capitals and cities across Indonesia.

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

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also called for a protest against the decision in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Beirut on Monday.

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

Other demonstrators said they saw police beating protesters who had already been subdued and were on the ground, receiving care from the Lebanese Red Cross.

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 United States officials.

Protesters set fires to tires in the street in Lebanon.

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

It warned that attempts to change the legal status of Jerusalem or to "change the Arab identity of the city" are "provocations to the feelings of Muslims and Christians across the Muslim and Arab world" and violates worldwide law.

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