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UNDER ATTACK. U.S. Embassy in Beirut
11 December, 2017
The United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon is under attack by large crowds protesting the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The main gates of the Embassy have been smashed-through and ripped down.
The attack is ongoing . . .
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Tear gas and water cannon have been deployed to control the crowd.
The protesters, some waving Palestinian flags, threw projectiles at security forces and set fires in the street next to the US Embassy, located in the Awkar region north of the Lebanese capital.
Rioters ended up bringing down the gates of the metal fence surrounding the compound, despite water cannon constantly pushing them back. Tear gas has been repeatedly fired to disperse the crowd, while protesters threw what appeared to be smoke grenades across the fence.
Among other things, the rioters reportedly burned US and Israeli flags and an effigy of Donald Trump, sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
Lebanese Communist Party head Hanna Gharib addressed the demonstrators, calling the US “the enemy of Palestine.”The US embassy in Beirut is “a symbol of imperialist aggression” which must be closed, he added.
On Friday the US Embassy in Beirut issued a warning, saying that “several groups have announced public protests” and there were reports of “possible protests” on December 10. “Demonstrations have the potential to become violent. US Embassy Beirut reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. We urge US citizens to avoid all protests,” the statement from the embassy said.
Tensions are running high across the region and around the world now that US President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since Wednesday evening, massive protests have been held throughout the Middle East, as well as in Asia and Europe.
Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun slammed Trump’s decision, calling it dangerous and a threat to the credibility of the US as mediators of the peace process in the region. The country’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, tweeted that Beirut had the “utmost solidarity with the Palestinian people” and their “right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
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