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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

AP PHOTOS: A selection of our favorite photographs from the Middle East this past week

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerus...
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Mahmoud al-Reyashi, 25, catches a wave while surfing into the water of the Mediterranean Sea during r...
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Palestinians throw snowballs in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. A heavy winter storm desc...
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, Baher Mohammed, an Al-Jazeera journalist recently released on bail, plays with his dog Gatsby at hi...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, children play on a donkey cart belonging to an elderly Afghan refugee sleeping on a roadside on th...
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, an Afghan child peeks through a gap in his makeshift home as traditional bread is being prepared, i...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, Iranian students chant slogans in front of the Swiss Embassy which represents U.S. interests in Ir...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, Egyptian Muslims gather during Moulid al-Hussein, a religious celebration marking the birthday of th...
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, families ride swings during Moulid al-Hussein, a religious celebration marking the birthday of the g...
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, Kurdish supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as PKK, hold up portraits portrait of the j...
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi woman, who fled her town after the advance of Islamic State militants, holds a child at a ...
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, an African Christian mother and her child attend mass at Anglican church in Tripoli, Libya. Numbers h...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, Egyptians wait to leave a detention center for illegal immigrants east of the city of Misrata, Lib...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerus...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Mahmoud al-Reyashi, 25, catches a wave while surfing into the water of the Mediterranean Sea during r...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Palestinians throw snowballs in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. A heavy winter storm desc...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, Baher Mohammed, an Al-Jazeera journalist recently released on bail, plays with his dog Gatsby at hi...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, children play on a donkey cart belonging to an elderly Afghan refugee sleeping on a roadside on th...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, an Afghan child peeks through a gap in his makeshift home as traditional bread is being prepared, i...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, Iranian students chant slogans in front of the Swiss Embassy which represents U.S. interests in Ir...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, Egyptian Muslims gather during Moulid al-Hussein, a religious celebration marking the birthday of th...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, families ride swings during Moulid al-Hussein, a religious celebration marking the birthday of the g...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, Kurdish supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as PKK, hold up portraits portrait of the j...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi woman, who fled her town after the advance of Islamic State militants, holds a child at a ...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, an African Christian mother and her child attend mass at Anglican church in Tripoli, Libya. Numbers h...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, Egyptians wait to leave a detention center for illegal immigrants east of the city of Misrata, Lib...

In Middle East this week, the Islamic State group extended its reach by releasing a video shot in Libya showing militants beheading of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt, many from the same village.

Grief washed over Egypt, prompting a swift response from the country as its fighter jets pounded militant targets in Libya. In Tripoli, Christians gathered for Mass and government forces battled militants west of the capital.

A winter storm swept through the region, blanketing Israel and Lebanon in snow. Gaza City's coastline saw high waves.

In Cairo, Al-Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohammed reacquainted himself with his dog, Gatsby, after more than a year in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Also in Egypt, families gathered to celebrate the birthday of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad during commemorations for Moulid al-Hussein.

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AP Middle East regional photo editor Maya Alleruzzo in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo.


Updated : 2021-09-17 17:36 GMT+08:00