Hundreds of Lebanese protesters, some waving Palestinian flags, invaded the US embassy in Beirut on Tuesday evening in response to the massive explosion at a Gaza City hospital that reportedly killed hundreds of people.
Police had to deploy tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered outside the embassy hours before President Biden arrived in neighboring Israel to show support for the Jewish state in its conflict with the Hamas terror group.
A protester was seen in a video posted on social media climb a barbed wire fence surrounding the building to plant a Palestinian flag on the embassy flagpole while other demonstrators cheered from below.
Elsewhere in Beirut, demonstrators descended on the French embassy.
Both protests came just hours after Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah called for “an unprecedented day of anger” in Beirut following the deadly explosion at the Gaza medical center.
The Hamas-run Health Ministry claimed that Israel was responsible for the hospital explosion, while the Israeli military blamed a Hamas rocket for the carnage, which Hamas authorities said Gaza left 500 dead.
The strike was the deadliest incident in Israel’s war against Hamas, which erupted after the terrorist group invaded the Jewish state on October 7 and massacred more than 1,4,000 people.
Meanwhile, Biden’s trip to Tel Aviv initially included a stopover in Amman, Jordan, until the country’s government canceled it in light of the attack on Gaza City.
“After consulting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and in light of the days of mourning announced by President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, President Biden will postpone his trip to Jordan and the planned meeting with these two leaders and Egyptian President Sisi “, the statement said. » said the White House in a statement.
“The President expressed his deepest condolences for the innocent lives lost in the hospital explosion in Gaza and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He looks forward to consulting with these leaders in person soon and has agreed to remain in regular and direct contact with each of them over the coming days.
Earlier Monday, the Israeli army ordered the evacuation of people living in 28 communities near the Lebanese border.
Hezbollah has not said whether it would go to war with Israel, although the two countries have engaged in war several times since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began last week.
The World Health Organization said Monday it had sent two shipments of medical supplies to Beirut in anticipation of a possible escalation along the Lebanese-Israeli border.
With post wires