Beirut (GPA) – Police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters outside the US embassy in Lebanon on Sunday.
Demonstrators gathered to protest Donald Trump’s recent decision to begin moving the Israeli capital of occupied Palestine from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. Attendees burned US and Israeli flags and started small street fires near the entrance to the US embassy in Beirut.
Head of the Lebanese Communist Party, Hanna Gharib, stated that the US embassy is a symbol of imperialist aggression that must be closed.
Protests erupted in cities throughout the world this week in the US, Europe, Yemen, Indonesia, Iran, Bahrain, Morocco and elsewhere. Protests also broke out throughout parts of Palestine including the West Bank, Gaza, and al Quds.
Israeli forces responded to protests by increasing their violence against Palestinians. Two people were killed and dozens more injured after Israelis began air strikes in Gaza over the weekend.
Sunday evening, a five-year-old girl was injured after being run over by an Israeli military vehicle. Another 65 Palestinians were injured during protests in the West Bank. Israeli forces also abducted dozens of Palestinians over the weekend.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya told Al Jazeera that Trump’s recent decision has officially ended the peace process.
The UN overwhelmingly voted against Trump’s decision to move the Israeli capital. Those voting in favor included Canada and the United States. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley called Trump’s decision “heroic” citing the “will of the American people.”
Immediately following Trump’s announcement last week, world leaders condemned the decision.
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