Lebanon forces fire tear gas at protestors near USA embassy

Protestors wave the Palestinian flag during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Dec. 10 2017

U.S. officials said Mr Trump's decision on Wednesday last week to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will take at least two years to be implemented.

Lebanon, which hosts approximately 450,000 Palestinian, has condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protesters threw stones at security forces who had barricaded the main road leading to the U.S. embassy in the Awkar area, north of Beirut, on Sunday.

There was no immediate comment from security forces.

Demonstrators were trying to remove the barbed wire and climb over the barricade.

Lebanese police fired tear gas and water cannons as protesters ignited fires and threw projectiles. The Lebanese government has never formally recognized their status as refugees, and Palestinians are barred from dozens of professions.

Leaders in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, have joined a global chorus of condemnation of Trump's announcement, including from Western allies.

Lebanese security forces use a water hose to disperse protestors during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Dec. 10 2017
Protesters clash with police outside US Embassy in Lebanon

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Some protesters also torched an effigy of Trump. "Most scattered. Four people dragged away a woman who seemed hit very badly with tear gas, and was unable to walk". Previously the USA position had been that Jerusalem's status should be resolved in peace talks between the two sides - a position shared by many world powers, who have located their Israeli embassies in Tel Aviv to avoid the appearance of taking sides in the dispute.

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

The head of the Arab League called the decision "dangerous and unacceptable" and a "flagrant attack on a political solution" to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. "It is impossible to implement this decision as long as there are people like us", said a Palestinian protester.

The shift in U.S. policy "undermines Arab confidence" in the Trump administration and "amounts to the legalisation" of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, he added.

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said during the emergency meeting that Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the U.S. to prevent it moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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