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Middle East in review

Nat CastañedaComment
Middle East in review

Middle East in review is a monthly gallery that  features some of the top photojournalism made by AP photographers based in the Middle East published in the past month.

This month’s selection begins in Mosul, Iraq, where displaced Iraqis flee their homes due to fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants. At the Khazer camp for displaced people in northern Iraq, a wedding is celebrated a month after a young couple fled fighting in Mosul.

In Afghanistan, ten ethnic Hazara women and girls practice the martial arts of Shaolin on a hilltop in the west of Kabul, preparing for the day that Afghanistan can send its women’s team to the Shaolin world championship in China. In the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian rescue members evacuate a woman from her flooded home during a heavy rain storm in Jabaliya refugee camp.

In Lebanon, an aide to Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian tries to convince visiting French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to wear a headscarf during her meeting with the Mufti but she refused.

In the West Bank, Palestinian protestors mark the 12th anniversary of their campaign against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah.

In Egypt, American tourists from Washington laugh as they visit the Citadel of Salah al-Din, a preserved medieval site, and one of the most important landmarks in Cairo.

In Tehran, Iran, school girls attend an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which toppled the late pro-U.S. Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

This gallery was curated by Maya Alleruzzo, Chief Associated Press photo editor for the Mideast, Afghanistan & Pakistan.

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