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

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

Demonstrations and skirmishes were widespread in Israel-Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, and other places in the region on Thursday.

Analysts forecast a swift backlash to President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize it 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.

Although 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 throughout the Middle East as people took to the streets everywhere from Pakistan to Jerusalem itself.

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

In Jerusalem itself, Palestinian protestors gathered at the city's ancient Damascus Gate where they were met by Israeli police. 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

Outside of Jerusalem, 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

Protestors 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

In one alleged incident, a car with Israeli plates plowed into a crowd of Palestinian protestors in the West Bank town of Beit Jala. Nine people were injured as a result.

Source: Huffington Post, Shabka Quds al-Akhbariya

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

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, protestors directed their rage at not just Trump, but also Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: Huffington Post

Protestors 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. Protestors 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 neighboring 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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