Violent protests erupt near US Embassy in Beirut

Violent protests erupt near US Embassy in Beirut

Violent protests erupt near US Embassy in Beirut

Protesters clashed with security forces Sunday outside of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem has infuriated the Arab world and upset Western allies, who say it is a blow to peace efforts and risks causing further unrest in the Middle East. Two Palestinians were killed in the latest Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Saturday, that injured another 25 Palestinians.

And in Jerusalem itself on Sunday, an Israeli security guard was targeted in a stabbing attack at the city's central bus station.

Many countries continue to call for a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state. Israel, he said during an address to the Turkish Exporters' Assembly, "is an occupying state and their police are shooting youths and children".

"We will seek a new mediator from our Arab brothers and the worldwide community", Maliki told reporters in Cairo before the Arab League meeting on Trump's Jerusalem decision. Although the resolution did not include any sort of economic sanctions, it urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning President Trump's decision.

Supporters of banned Islamic charity Jamat ud Dawa attend a protest against President Trump's decision to accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Karachi, Pakistan, Dec. 10, 2017.

An Israeli Army commander has been suspended after being filmed stealing apples from a Palestinian vendor's stand in the West Bank town of Hebron.

He was among several people hurt in the violence, during which protesters also hurled rocks at the Lebanese forces blocking the way to the U.S. embassy.

The rally in Indonesia's capital drew a crowd of at least 5,000 people, police said. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.

Erdogan has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the Jerusalem issue.

A Turkish presidential source on Saturday said that Erdogan - who last week threatened to cut off ties with Israel over the move - spoke with Macron and "agreed to continue efforts to convince the USA to reconsider its decision".

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