A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Friday. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers’ sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return anytime soon
A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City on Thursday
Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria
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Bahraini protesters wearing gas masks, look on during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (portrait), head of the Shia opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman’s home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama.
A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab, on Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Tuesday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq
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A Palestinian draped in a Palestinian flag stands next to burning tyres during a protest against the decision by the main U.N. aid agency to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to their homes damaged in last summer’s war, outside the headquarters of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Gaza City
Saudi commandos guard the front of Erga Palace in Riyadh as Barack Obama, the US president, arrives to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday
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Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi King Abdullah following his burial in Riyadh. Saudi King Salman pledged on Friday to maintain existing energy and foreign policies then quickly moved to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty’s next generation. King Abdullah, who died early on Friday after a short illness, was buried in an unmarked grave in keeping with local religious traditions.
Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City
Iranian mourners at a funeral procession in Tehran for Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a commander in the Islamic republic’s Revolutionary Guards, who was killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria.
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Members of Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, sit together during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in the streets of Benghazi. The council is an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia
An Israeli soldier from the Golani brigade takes part in training near the city of Katzrin in the Golan Heights on Monday
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Palestinians pictured through a gate as they perform Friday prayers at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip to demand that Egyptian authorities open the crossing
A Molotov cocktail which was thrown by protesters explodes on a riot police armoured personnel carrier at a highway in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, Bahrain. Several demonstrations calling for the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq Islamic Society. Clashes with riot police took place across the country, local media reported. Ali Salman was arrested on December 28, 2014. Salman’s lawyer Abdulla al-Shamlawi told Reuters he had been formally charged by the public prosecutor with inciting a change of government by force, inciting hatred of a segment of society, inciting others to break the law and publicly insulting the Interior Ministry.
Troops of the Interior Ministry march in a parade during a ceremony marking Iraqi Police Day’s 93rd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad on Thursday
Syrians carry water as they walk on a road near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing several Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps
Palestinian children look out through a hole covered with a blanket in their family house, that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the east of Gaza City. Heavy rains and near-freezing temperatures in the approaching storm threatened to deepen the misery in the Gaza Strip, where streets are still strewn with wreckage from a 50-day war with Israel last summer, thousands live in U.N. shelters and damaged homes and the power is on only six hours a day.
Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel. Wind gusts up to 38 Knots and waves up to 9 meters, or 29 feet, hit along the coastline of Israel on Tuesday. Wintry weather is striking across the Middle East, bringing cold weather to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and a blanketing sandstorm in Cairo.
A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as others fill water containers at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, Bekaa valley, Lebanon, today.
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Women present their passports as they ask for permits to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Sunday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months