Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at protestors near US embassy

Vastavam web: Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons today at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.An AFP correspondent in Awkar outside the capital Beirut said several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered near the US embassy, located in the area.Protestors waving Palestinian and Lebanese flags, and sporting black-and-white checked keffiyeh scarves, chanted slogans against President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A group of demonstrators set alight an effigy of the US president, whose decision has upended decades of American diplomacy and an international consensus to leave the status of Jerusalem to be resolved in negotiations.The demonstrators included members of Palestinian parties, as well as Lebanese Islamists and leftists.Israel occupied southern Lebanon for 22 years before withdrawing in 2000, but the two countries remain technically at war.