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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, March 6, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugee Hazar al-Hassan, 3, watches cartoons inside her family's tent at an informal tented se...
FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Pakistani Christian girls mourn a family member who was killed in a suicide bombing attack near two ...
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2015 file photo, Israeli border policemen arrest a young Palestinian woman during clashes marking a year since the k...
FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the photo, waits for his campaign rally...
FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, an election campaign billboard shifts between images of Israel's Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, le...
FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015 file photo, workers protest withheld wages in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Just days before Egypt holds a major economi...
FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a transport boat sails in the Nile River past a promotional banner that reads "Investment is the key...
FILE - In this Saturday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a model of a planned new capital for Egypt is on display at an economic conference in Sharm el-She...
FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi greets delegates as he walks to the podium before speaking ...
FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Iraqi security forces patrol in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Rockets ...
FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2015 file photo, fighters from the Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades review their battle plan at...
FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi soldier watches the movements of the enemy at the front line in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 ...
FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi soldier takes photos of the demolished tomb of former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, in T...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, March 6, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugee Hazar al-Hassan, 3, watches cartoons inside her family's tent at an informal tented se...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Pakistani Christian girls mourn a family member who was killed in a suicide bombing attack near two ...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2015 file photo, Israeli border policemen arrest a young Palestinian woman during clashes marking a year since the k...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, a supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the photo, waits for his campaign rally...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, an election campaign billboard shifts between images of Israel's Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog, le...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015 file photo, workers protest withheld wages in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Just days before Egypt holds a major economi...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a transport boat sails in the Nile River past a promotional banner that reads "Investment is the key...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Saturday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a model of a planned new capital for Egypt is on display at an economic conference in Sharm el-She...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi greets delegates as he walks to the podium before speaking ...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Iraqi security forces patrol in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Rockets ...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2015 file photo, fighters from the Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades review their battle plan at...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi soldier watches the movements of the enemy at the front line in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 ...

The Week In Mideast Photos

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, an Iraqi soldier takes photos of the demolished tomb of former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, in T...

In the Middle East this week, an Iraqi offensive to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit drew wide attention as a coalition of soldiers, police officers, Shiite militias and Sunni tribesmen aided by Iranian advisers fought to seize Saddam Hussein's hometown.

The battle for Tikrit could help Iraqi forces prepare for a campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State group, which holds about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate.

In Egypt, a clearly boisterous crowd of government officials held a major economic summit in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, getting pledges worth billions of dollars to help the country's economy, battered after years of unrest.

Meanwhile, Israel is preparing for an important parliamentary election Tuesday. The vote faces Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the possibility of losing his office.

In Pakistan, two Taliban suicide bombers attacked Christian churches, killing at least 15 people and sparking rioting afterward that saw two people burned to death.

And across the wider Middle East, this week saw the fourth anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria, which has killed more than 220,000 people and shows no sign of ending.

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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 : 2021-09-20 12:18 GMT+08:00