Clashes erupt outside USA embassy in Beirut

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionUS ambassador Nikki Haley calls UN hostile to Israel

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In Jakarta, Indonesia, that thousands of protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy with signs reading "Pray for Palestine" and "Freedom for Palestinians".

Standing at the far edge of Sunday's protest in Beirut, Faraj Shahin, a Palestinian, described the Middle East's leaders as "traitors" who had sold out her countrymen.

Demonstrators set fires in the street, torched United States and Israeli flags and threw projectiles towards security forces that had barricaded the main road to the complex.

In Beirut, meanwhile, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, near the USA embassy. 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".

Echoing that view, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said the U.S. move "could throw a lifebuoy to terrorist and armed groups, which have begun to lose ground" in the Middle East.

Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind Trump's decision, calling it a violation of worldwide law and a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as the "occupation".

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The most serious clashed have occurred in Israel itself, with fighting between Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and cities across the West Bank.

Pre-dawn Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday killed two Palestinian gunmen after militants fired rockets from the area into Israel on Friday.

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. On Saturday, dozens of people took part in an authorized but rare protest in Kuwait City to denounce Trump's decision.

Some protesters also torched an effigy of Trump.

Israel seized control of East Jerusalem in 1967 and declared the city as its eternal capital in 1980, a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.

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