Anti-US protest over Jerusalem turns violent in Lebanon

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 security forces repelled rioters who attempted to storm the United States embassy in Beirut.

Police blocked the protesters from the walls of the embassy complex with a metal gate and barbed wires.

Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the entrance leading to the embassy, chanting anti-U.S. slogans and burning American and Israeli flags.

At least five protesters affected by tear gas were carried away from the scene.

It followed comments from a high-ranking Israeli politician who said that Arabs who violently protested President Trump's decision are "not part of us" and called for a boycott of their businesses.

"Sheep who are the Arab leaders betrayed Jerusalem years ago", Mustafa, a Syrian demonstrator, told CNN.

The protest was against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Jewish states capital.

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 southern Beirut suburbs stronghold. On Friday, Israeli jets carried out airstrikes against suspected terrorists in Gaza after rockets were fired at Israeli residential areas.

Lebanese security forces clashed with demonstrators near the US embassy in Beirut on Sunday as anger over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued to spread across the region. "What people here are calling for is a new intifada and on the Palestinian Authority to end the peace process".

Overnight the Arab League condemned the U.S. decision.

On Saturday Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo urged President Trump to abandon his decision, warning that the decision would trigger violence throughout the region.

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