The US Embassy in Lebanon was set on fire after hundreds of pro-Palestine protestors took to the streets to slam Israel’s ongoing air raids campaign on Gaza.
The government of Benjamin Netanyahu authorised near non-stop bombings on the strip to root out Hamas fundamentalists following the massacre of thousands of Israelis on October 7.
Lebanon has historically opposed the existence of Israel and is home to the terrorist group Hezbollah, whose main agenda is the destruction of the State of Israel.
Because of its support of Netanyahu following the incursions of Hamas last week, the US has been the subject of heavy protests by pro-Palestine demonstrators – who headed for the embassy in Beirut, ultimately setting it on fire.
Protestors assembled outside the building charting their support for Palestine, switching a US flag for a Palestinian one.
A fire was set near the compound as demonstrators demanded justice for the death of 500 Palestinians who died while sheltering in a hospital in Gaza that was bombed on Tuesday.
Hamas blamed the Israeli Defence Forces while Israel claimed the strike was the result of a misfired shot from within Gaza.
US personnel and their families were advised to leave the country due to the unstable situation.
The State Department advisory read: “The Department authorized the voluntary, temporary departure of family members of US government personnel and some non-emergency personnel from US Embassy Beirut due to the unpredictable security situation in Lebanon.”
Americans have also been advised not to travel near the border with Syria, the border with Israel and refugee settlements.
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