Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

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Demonstrations also took place in Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Somalia, Yemen, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

Security forces fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the angry protesters.

Protesters burned USA and Israeli flags.

Addressing the emergency meeting of foreign ministers of Arab League in Cairo, secretary-general of the bloc, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said the decision is a "flagrant attack on a political solution" to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec 9, 2017.

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In Gaza, Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas gunmen in response to rocket fire.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, confirmed the two men killed in the pre-dawn strikes belonged to the group, which has urged Palestinians to keep up the confrontation with Israeli forces.

"We explained to all our interlocutors that the United States' decision does not comply with worldwide law, diplomacy or humanity", Erdogan said at a Justice and Development Party (AKP) assembly in Turkey's central province of Sivas, referring to phone calls he made to leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and the Pope.

Addressing the protesters, the head of the Lebanese Communist Party Hanna Gharib declared the United States "the enemy of Palestine" and the U.S. Embassy "a symbol of imperialist aggression" that must be closed.

It warned that attempts to change the legal status of Jerusalem or to "change the Arab identity of the city" are "provocations to the feelings of Muslims and Christians across the Muslim and Arab world" and violates worldwide law.



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