Protest near US Embassy in Beirut sparks clashes

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A massive rally is taking place outside the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, with protesters rioting and shouting pro-Palestinian slogans in the wake of Washington's decision on Jerusalem.

Violent clashes erupted outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Sunday during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"It isn't just a city, it's the struggle in which we grew up to build the Palestinian cause", she said.

Security personnel used force to disperse most of the protesters and detained some, witnesses said.

Thousands also participated in demonstrations in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday in response to Trump's statement.

James Phillips, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, offered a different perspective: "President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem will reward a close ally and correct an historic injustice: the fact that Israeli sovereignty over its own capital has not been recognized", Phillips told The Daily Signal.

Protesters burned United States and Israeli flags.

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Several people reported temporary breathing problems as a result of being hit with tear gas, Lebanese television LBC said.

Waving Palestinian flags and holding up pictures of Jerusalem, they expressed anger at the "betrayal" by Arab governments perceived to have backed Trump's move.

On Monday, a large demonstration organized by Hezbollah is planned in the southern suburb of Beirut. Demonstrations were also held in Israel and across the world.

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 USA officials.

A group of demonstrators set alight an effigy of the U.S. president, whose decision has upended decades of American diplomacy and an global consensus to leave the status of Jerusalem to be resolved in negotiations. In a recent meeting, Arab foreign ministers urged the United States to abandon its decision, citing the president's announcement as a threat to peace in the region. Because the final status of Jerusalem is between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

The Trump administration has said it is still committed to reviving Palestinian-Israeli talks that collapsed in 2014, but jettisoning old policies is necessary to break the deadlock.

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