Lebanese security forces used tear gas and water cannons Sunday to disperse demonstrators in a protest rally against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in the vicinity of the US embassy in Awkar in the northern suburbs of Beirut, an AFP correspondent reported.
They were prevented from reaching the embassy compound by an iron gate blocking the road leading to it. The security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, injuring many of them.
The demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and donned the Palestinian kaffiyeh, chanting slogans against Trump, who on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A number of protesters were burned as a tramp.
The demonstration was attended by members of Palestinian factions as well as Islamists and supporters of the Lebanese left.
Lebanon hosts hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in camps.
Israel has occupied southern Lebanon for 22 years and withdrew from it in the spring of 2000.
In July 2006, Israel launched a war against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 120 Israelis, most of them military.