Middle East

A Palestinian child runs past a water tank

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A Palestinian child runs past a water tank that was destroyed in Israeli bombing during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday.

A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

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A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion drives a tank during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus.

An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic "Lions of Najaf" during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on March 23, 2015.

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An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic “Lions of Najaf” during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on Monday

A Syrian woman carries water with her children in a refugee camp in Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. Turkey has one of the largest populations of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war with official estimates currently at 1.6 million. Border towns such as Suruc have received a large number of refugees though other refugees have settled as far afield as Istanbul

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A Syrian woman carries water with her children in a refugee camp in Suruc, in the province of Sanliurfa, Turkey

Kurdish men sit near bonfire ne...TOPSHOTS Kurdish men sit near bonfire near a destroyed building, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YASIN AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Kurdish men sit by a bonfire near a destroyed building in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab. 

Members of a Female Commando Battalion which is part of the Syrian Army, sit atop of a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar...Members of a Female Commando Battalion which is part of the Syrian Army, sit atop of a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus March 19, 2015. This Battalion consists of several hundred female fighters who have had military training and carry out combat duties. Picture taken during a Syrian Army organised trip. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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Members of a female commando battalion in the Syrian Army sit atop a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus. The battalion consists of several hundred female fighters 

Libya Dawn fighter uses a monocoular to look at Islamic State (IS) militant positions near Sirte ...A Libya Dawn fighter uses a monocoular to look at Islamic State (IS) militant positions near Sirte March 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic              TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY            TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A Libya Dawn fighter uses a monocular to look at Islamic State, known as Isis near Sirte. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv March 18, 2015. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state

Wheelchair-bound Palestinian student teacher Ahmed al-Sawaferi, 25, who said that he lost his both legs and his left arm in an Israeli air strike in 2008, gives a class at an elementary school in Gaza City...Wheelchair-bound Palestinian student teacher Ahmed al-Sawaferi, 25, who said that he lost his both legs and his left arm in an Israeli air strike in 2008, gives a class at an elementary school in Gaza City March 18, 2015. Al-Sawaferi, a father for two children, is due to hold a B.A in Islamic studies after finishing his last university semester in June this year

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Wheelchair-bound Palestinian student teacher Ahmed al-Sawaferi, 25, who said that he lost his both legs and his left arm in an Israeli air strike in 2008, gives a class at an elementary school in Gaza City on Wednesday. Al-Sawaferi, a father for two children, is due to hold a B.A in Islamic studies after finishing his last university semester in June this year

A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest against what Palestinians say is land confiscation by Israel for Jewish settlements, near the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem March 17, 2015.

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A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest against what Palestinians say is land confiscation by Israel for Jewish settlements, near the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem on Tuesday

Ultra orthodox Jewish rabbi Gershon Edelstein prepares to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  Israelis are voting in early parliament elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclear Iran or the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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Ultra orthodox Jewish rabbi Gershon Edelstein prepares to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, in an unexpectedly close general election

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa...Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa March 13, 2015.

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa on Friday

Palestinian children play amidst debris of houses that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun on Friday.

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Palestinian children play amid debris of houses that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants last summer, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun on Friday

Palestinian youths practice their Parkou...Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills past a mural said to have been painted by British street artist Banksy, on the remains of a house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun on March 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills past a mural said to have been painted by British street artist Banksy, on the remains of a house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. 

Iraqi fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units take part in a military operation to take control of Tikrit, 160 kms north of Baghdad,  from jihadists from the Islamic state (IS) group, on March 11 2015.  The city, which is the home town of former president Saddam Hussein, is the toughest target for the government troops and allied militias that started winning back lost ground last year.

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Iraqi fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units take part in a military operation to take control of Tikrit, 160km north of Baghdad, from jihadists from the Islamic state (IS) group, on Wednesday

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen

A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

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A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State group fighters.

Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, raise their rifles as they demonstrate in Sanaa, March 10, 2015. The supporters were demanding for presidential elections to be held and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for presidency.

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Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, raise their rifles as they demonstrate in Sanaa on Tuesday. The supporters were demanding for presidential elections to be held and for Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh to run for presidency

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ADEL ZAANOUN - F...TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ADEL ZAANOUN - FILES - Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, squat in a tunnel, used for ferrying rockets and mortars back and forth in preparation for the next conflict with Israel, as they take part in military training in the south of the Gaza Strip on March 3, 2015. Israel's ground invasion during the 50-day war with Palestinian militants in the summer of 2014 was aimed at destroying the hundreds of tunnels Gaza's two main Islamist groups had built, both for smuggling supplies and for attacks inside Israel. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMSMAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

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Militants from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, squat in a tunnel used for ferrying rockets and mortars back and forth as they take part in military training in the south of the Gaza Strip 

A Palestinian boy looks out a bus window as he waits with family to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip...A Palestinian boy looks out a bus window as he waits with family to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip March 9, 2015. Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing on Monday for two days, officials said. Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds. Egypt shut the crossing in October last year after Islamist militants in Egypt's adjacent Sinai region killed members of its security forces. Since then, it opened the crossing partially and on a few occasions to allow thousands of Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip.

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A Palestinian boy looks out a bus window as he waits with family to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing on Monday for two days