Middle East

Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian children inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

A Muslim man reads the Koran during the holy month of Ramadan inside Al-Refaie mosque in the old Islamic area of Cairo July 16, 2014.

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A Muslim man reads the Koran during the holy month of Ramadan inside Al-Refaie mosque in the old Islamic area of Cairo

A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo July 15, 2014.

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A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo

Funeral in Khan Younis

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Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of the Abu Muamar family in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on Monday. The family of three was killed in an airstrike.

A Palestinian boy inspects the remains of a car hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 14, 2014. Israel kept up its punishing raids on Gaza but held off from a threatened ground incursion as the world intensified efforts to broker a truce.

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A Palestinian boy inspects the remains of a car hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Monday. Israel kept up its punishing raids on the area but held off from a threatened ground incursion as the world intensified efforts to broker a truce.

Iranian women recite verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, July 11, 2014. Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of fasting during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. For believers, Ramadan is meant to be a time of reflection and worship, remembering the hardships of others and being charitable. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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Iranian women recite verses of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran va Bidgol

Tension Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border...SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 10:  Israeli tanks seen moving along the border with Gaza on July 10, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Due to recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip. It's the third day in operation "Protective Edge".  (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

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Israeli tanks trundle along the border with Gaza on Thursday. They are responding to recent rocket attacks by Hamas militants on Israel.

Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of members of Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip July 9, 2014. Militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv on Wednesday, targeting Israel's heartland after Israeli attacks in the enclave that Palestinian officials said have killed at least 27 people. Israel assassinated a senior local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, neighbours and hospital officials said, and five others including family members were killed. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no initial details on the strike.The militant, Hafez Hamad, two brothers and his parents were killed when his house was bombed in an air strike in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas media and Gaza interior ministry said. An unidentified woman in the house was also killed.

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Palestinian relatives mourn at the funeral of members of the Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on July 9, 2014, in Baghdad.. Iraq's government once battled entrenched Shiite militiamen but is now making common cause with them against a jihadist-led onslaught that Baghdad's forces are struggling to contain on their own.

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Shia volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraq army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), on Wednesday, in Baghdad

Relatives of Palestinian militant Marwan Sleem mourn during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip July 7, 2014. Israel killed two Palestinian militants, one of them Sleem, and wounded a third in one of about a dozen air strikes in response to rocket fire at southern Israeli towns. Hospital officials confirmed the fatalities, and the Israeli military confirmed it had bombed central Gaza. Israeli air strikes killed seven Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Islamist group said, in the deadliest attacks in a surge of violence exacerbated by the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teen.

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Relatives of Palestinian militant Marwan Sleem mourn during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip on Monday. After an Israeli air strike on Gaza killed seven members of the militant Islamist group Hamas, the group vowed to retaliate in a move that will raise fears of a further escalation in Arab-Israeli hostility.