Politics The Middle East erupted in protest after Trump's Jerusalem announcement — here are 13 incredible photos of the unrest

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Demonstrations and skirmishes were widespread in the West Bank and Gaza as well as in Jordan, Turkey, and other places in the region on Thursday.

Palestinian protesters clashing with the Israeli army in the West Bank near Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority. play

Palestinian protesters clashing with the Israeli army in the West Bank near Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority.

(Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

Analysts forecast a swift backlash to President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and to recognize the city as Israel's capital even before the announcement took place, and a day later these prediction have been confirmed as protests erupted across the Muslim world.

Though the Palestinian cause may not be as powerful of a call to protest as it has been in years past, both Wednesday and Thursday saw widespread demonstrations and skirmishes as people took to the streets from Jerusalem to Pakistan.

Here are 13 dramatic photos of the aftermath of Trump's Jerusalem announcement:

Palestinian protesters gathered at Jerusalem's ancient Damascus Gate, where they were met by Israeli police officers. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike on Thursday, and Palestinians complied — shops in the Old City remain closed.

Palestinian protesters gathered at Jerusalem's ancient Damascus Gate, where they were met by Israeli police officers. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike on Thursday, and Palestinians complied — shops in the Old City remain closed. play

Palestinian protesters gathered at Jerusalem's ancient Damascus Gate, where they were met by Israeli police officers. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike on Thursday, and Palestinians complied — shops in the Old City remain closed.

(Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, The Washington Post



Elsewhere in Israel, thousands of people took to the streets in the West Bank, with the largest demonstrations taking place in Ramallah and Bethlehem.

A Palestinian protester during clashes near Ramallah in the West Bank. play

A Palestinian protester during clashes near Ramallah in the West Bank.

(Mohamed Torokman/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, Al Jazeera



Protesters marching near Ramallah were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers. In response, Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires.

Protesters marching near Ramallah were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers. In response, Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires. play

Protesters marching near Ramallah were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers. In response, Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires.

(Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, Al Jazeera



A Palestinian group's Twitter account said nine people were injured when a car with Israeli plates plowed into a crowd of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank town of Beit Jala.

A Palestinian protester praying during clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah in the West Bank. play

A Palestinian protester praying during clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah in the West Bank.

(Mohamed Torokman/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, Shabka Quds al-Akhbariya



In the Gaza Strip, the militant group Hamas called on Palestinians to initiate a third intifada, or uprising. Two rockets were reportedly fired at Israel from Gaza but did not reach their target.

Armed Hamas fighters in Gaza standing in front of a damaged mosque minaret. play

Armed Hamas fighters in Gaza standing in front of a damaged mosque minaret.

(Mohammed Salam)

Source: Huffington Post, The Washington Post



At least 31 people were injured in Thursday's clashes, with one critical injury. Four of these injuries occurred when Israeli soldiers opened fire with live ammunition in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Palestinian boys protesting under the spray of an Israeli water canon in the Gaza Strip. play

Palestinian boys protesting under the spray of an Israeli water canon in the Gaza Strip.

(Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, Al Jazeera



The demonstrations also extended beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories — in Cairo, protesters directed their rage at not just US President Donald Trump but also Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt. play

Demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt.

(Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post



Protesters in Ankara, Turkey, demonstrated in front of the US Embassy where American Marines remained on high alert.

Protesters in Ankara, Turkey, demonstrated in front of the US Embassy where American Marines remained on high alert. play

Protesters in Ankara, Turkey, demonstrated in front of the US Embassy where American Marines remained on high alert.

(Umit Bektas/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post, Reuters



Demonstrators also aired their grievances in Amman, Jordan, which sits not far from Israel and the West Bank.

Demonstrators also aired their grievances in Amman, Jordan, which sits not far from Israel and the West Bank. play

Demonstrators also aired their grievances in Amman, Jordan, which sits not far from Israel and the West Bank.

(Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

Source: Huffington Post



Anti-American sentiment was high in Tunis, Tunisia. Protesters burned US flags and called for Palestinian control of Jerusalem.

Anti-American sentiment was high in Tunis, Tunisia. Protesters burned US flags and called for Palestinian control of Jerusalem. play

Anti-American sentiment was high in Tunis, Tunisia. Protesters burned US flags and called for Palestinian control of Jerusalem.

(Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters)

Source: Reuters



Trump's announcement stoked tensions as far away from Jerusalem as Pakistan. Supporters of an Islamist party in Karachi burned American and Israeli flags in protest.

Trump's announcement stoked tensions as far away from Jerusalem as Pakistan. Supporters of an Islamist party in Karachi burned American and Israeli flags in protest. play

Trump's announcement stoked tensions as far away from Jerusalem as Pakistan. Supporters of an Islamist party in Karachi burned American and Israeli flags in protest.

(Akhtar Soomro)

Source: Times of Israel



Demonstrators also burned US flags in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has close connections with neighboring Afghanistan.

Demonstrators also burned US flags in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has close connections with neighboring Afghanistan. play

Demonstrators also burned US flags in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has close connections with neighboring Afghanistan.

(Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

Source: Times of Israel



Sunnis also gathered in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest Trump's move. "Jerusalem is our identity, Jerusalem is Arab," one of the protest leaders said.

Sunnis also gathered in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest Trump's move. "Jerusalem is our identity, Jerusalem is Arab," one of the protest leaders said. play

Sunnis also gathered in Baghdad, Iraq, to protest Trump's move. "Jerusalem is our identity, Jerusalem is Arab," one of the protest leaders said.

(Khalid al Mousily/Reuters)

Source: The News Tribune



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