Middle East

A Syrian man walks past damaged homes following a snow storm in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday. The conflict in Syria has killed more than 250,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes since it broke out in March 2011.

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A Syrian man walks past damaged homes following a snow storm in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday

Nimr al-Nimr...An Iranian woman holds up a poster showing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent opposition Saudi Shiite cleric who was executed last week by Saudi Arabia, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom's lead and began scaling back diplomatic ties to Iran on Monday after the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence sparked by the Saudi execution of al-Nimr. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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An Iranian woman holds up a poster showing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent opposition Saudi Shia cleric who was executed last week by Saudi Arabia, in Tehran, Iran 

A Yemeni inspects his family's apartment destroyed by airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a neighborhood in Sanaa, Yemen, 04 January 2016. The nine-month conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically since the Saudi-led coalition started conducting airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in March, with more than 6000 people killed.

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A Yemeni inspects his family’s apartment destroyed by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting a neighborhood in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday

A relative looks at the demolished house of Palestinian Bahaa Mohammed Halil Allyan in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber on Monday

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A relative looks at the demolished house of Palestinian Bahaa Mohammed Halil Allyan in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber on Monday

A Palestinian wood carver works on a figurine of an angel at an olive wood factory next to the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

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A Palestinian wood carver works on a figurine of an angel at an olive wood factory next to the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem today

People chant slogans during a protest against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey cities Cizre and Silopi, in Sirnak on December 22, 2015

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People chant slogans during a protest against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey cities Cizre and Silopi, in Sirnak on Tuesday

Druze women mourn their relatives Farhan al-Shaalan and Samir Kantar, who were killed from an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, in the Druze village of Ein Kinya in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. Kantar, a Lebanese who was convicted of carrying out one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history and spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison, has been killed by an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group said Sunday. Al-Mayadeen said that al-Shaalan, a senior commander with the anti-Israeli  resistance  movement in the Golan Heights, was also killed in the air raid together with an aide to Kantar

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Druze women mourn their relatives Farhan al-Shaalan and Samir Kantar, who were killed from an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, in the Druze village of Ein Kinya in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria

A Palestinian dressed up as Santa Claus talks to an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in front of a gate along the Israeli controversial separation wall in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 18, 2015.

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A Palestinian dressed up as Santa Claus talks to an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in front of a gate along the Israeli controversial separation wall in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Friday

An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Thursday

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An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Thursday

TOPSHOT - Two men are sitting in front o...TOPSHOT - Two men are sitting in front of a famous graffiti of British street artist Banksy, painted on a wall of a gas station in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX / AFP / THOMAS COEXTHOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

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Two men sitt in front of a graffiti by British street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. A tenuous ceasefire is holding in Yemen despite some violations, as U.N.-brokered peace talks between the country s U.S. and Saudi-backed internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels start in Switzerland. But with both camps  positions unchanged and little sign either is ready for compromise, observers are not expecting much.

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Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday

A Syrian man escorts his injured wife following reported air strikes by regime forces on the town of al-Nashabiyah in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on December 14, 2015. United Nations aid chief Stephen OBrien said that the "indiscriminate attacks" against civilians in Damascus and the surrounding region were "unacceptable" at the end of a visit to Syria.

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A Syrian man escorts his injured wife following reported air strikes by regime forces on the town of al-Nashabiyah in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on Monday

A Palestinian woman supporting the Hamas attends a rally in Gaza City on December 14, 2015, to mark the ruling Islamist movement's 28th birthday

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A Palestinian woman supporting Hamas attends a rally in Gaza City on Monday, to mark the ruling Islamist movement’s 28th birthday

 Lebanese trecker takes a pic...TOPSHOT - A Lebanese trecker takes a picture of a cross on a hilltop in the nothern ski resort village of Laklouk, 2000 meters above sea level in the Lebanese mountains north of Beirut, on December 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZPATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A Lebanese hiker takes a picture of a cross on a hilltop in the northern ski resort village of Laklouk, 2000 meters above sea level in the Lebanese mountains north of Beirut 

Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli soldiers that followed a protest against the Israeli settlements in Qadomem, in the Kofr Qadom village near the West Bank city of Nablus, 11 December 2015. According to local sources at least five Palestinians were injured during the clashes.

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Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli soldiers that followed a protest against the Israeli settlements in Qadomem, in the Kofr Qadom village near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Friday

Residents walk by damage at a site hit by one of three explosive trucks, in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Syria on Friday

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Residents walk by damage at a site hit by one of three explosive trucks, in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Syria on Friday

A worker decorates a Christmas tree designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab in front of the Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, Lebanon

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A worker decorates a Christmas tree designed by Lebanese designer Elie Saab in front of the Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, Lebanon

Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale as part of the "Dubai International Balloon Fiesta" event...Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) as part of the "Dubai International Balloon Fiesta" event, United Arab Emirates December 9, 2015

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Hot air balloons fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, held under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) as part of the “Dubai International Balloon Fiesta” event, United Arab Emirates

Members of the Syrian government forces sit in a tower at a military base as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs

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Members of the Syrian government forces sit in a tower at a military base, as hundreds of civilians and Syrian rebel forces began evacuating the last opposition-held district of Waer in the central city of Homs

Palestinians run to take cover after Israeli security forces fires tear gas during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday after the funeral of Palestinian Malek Shahin in the Dheisheh refugee camp. Malek Shahin, 19, was killed early morning at Deheisheh refugee camp during clashes during an Israeli operation to arrest people.

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Palestinians run to take cover after Israeli security forces fires tear gas during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday after the funeral of Palestinian Malek Shahin in the Dheisheh refugee camp