Lebanese Protesters Decry Trump Plan Outside U.S. Embassy

At least three lightly injured as demonstrators break through a barbed wire barrier

Palestinians protest against Trump's peace plan, at Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp, south of Beirut, Lebanon, January 31, 2020
Bilal Hussein,AP

Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians held a protest Sunday near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon against a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Protesters waving Palestinian flags gathered on a road leading to the embassy northeast of Beirut amid tight security by Lebanese troops and riot policemen.

“Death to America! Death to Israel! We will die and Palestine survive," some of the demonstrators chanted.

The U.S. plan would grant the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank, while allowing Israel to annex all its settlements there and keep nearly all of east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Around noon the protesters removed the barbed wire and reached a metal fence set up by security forces. Police used what appeared to be pepper spray to hold back some of the demonstrators, with at least three protesters being carried away.

On Saturday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cut security ties with both Israel and the U.S. in a speech at an Arab League meeting in response to the U.S. plan. Arab foreign ministers there joined in blasting the plan and calling it a setback to Mideast peace efforts.

Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. There have been protests in the country's 12 refugee camps since U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled the proposal in Washington.