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Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protests

Beirut, Sunday

There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force back flag-waving protesters close to the embassy complex north of the capital, Beirut.

Overnight the Arab League condemned the US decision. It said the US could not now be relied upon as a broker of Middle East peace. In a resolution after an emergency meeting in Cairo, Arab League member ministers urged Trump to rescind his decision. The protesters threw stones and set fires in the street close to the embassy in the Awkar district.

The security forces had barricaded the main road leading to the large complex. Local media reported that some protesters had tried to break through the entrance to the compound, climbing barbed wire.

The demonstrators, many wearing black and white scarves, chanted slogans denouncing Trump. Lebanon is home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, including those who fled Israel after it was founded, and their descendants.

Meanwhile, Israel’s military said it demolished a tunnel Sunday stretching from Gaa into its territory in an operation that comes at a time of increased tension over US President Donald Trump’s recent Jerusalem declaration. Military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said intelligence showed the tunnel belonged to Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip. Israel was not aware of any casualties, he said. -BBC/AFP

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