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

Analysts forecast a swift backlash to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and to recognise 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Source: Huffington Post


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

Source: Huffington Post, Reuters


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

Source: Huffington Post


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

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.

Source: Times of Israel


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

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.

Source: The News Tribune

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