Middle East

Masked Palestinian militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, attend the funeral of Mussa Abu Zuaiter, a Palestinian man who was killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.  An Israeli air raid in the northern Gaza Strip targeting alleged militants killed one Palestinian and wounded three others, the Israeli army and a Palestinian official said.

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Masked Palestinian militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, attend the funeral of Mussa Abu Zuaiter, a Palestinian man who was killed in an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday

A handout image made available by the In...A handout image made available by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)on January 12, 2016 shows a relief convoy carrying aid entering the besieged Syrian town of Madaya.  The Syrian Arab Red Crescent said 44 trucks loaded with food and other aid entered the rebel-held town, while 21 other trucks went to the government-controlled towns of Fuaa and Kafraya.

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A relief convoy carrying aid entering the besieged Syrian town of Madaya.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent said 44 trucks loaded with food and other aid entered the rebel-held town, while 21 other trucks went to the government-controlled towns of Fuaa and Kafraya on Tuesday

People collect their belongings from a heavily damaged building in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Gunmen stormed into a Baghdad mall on Monday after setting off a car bomb and launching a suicide attack at its entrance in the city s mainly Shiite east, Iraqi officials said.

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People collect their belongings from a heavily damaged building in the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday

Tribal fighters loyal to Yemen's government and children pose for a picture in Al Khurais village of Nihm district east of the capital Sanaa January 11, 2016.

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Tribal fighters loyal to Yemen’s government and children sit on a rock in Al Khurais village of Nihm district east of the capital Sanaa on Monday

Israeli reserve soldiers from the 77 battalion of the 7th brigade from the armored corps check their gear during an exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

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Israeli reserve soldiers from the 77 battalion of the 7th brigade from the armored corps check their gear during an exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Monday

Saudi-led airstrikes on Sana'a...epa05092911 A Yemeni inspects a vehicle destroyed by airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in SanaĆ­a, Yemen, 08 January 2016. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have intensified since the humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen ended on 02 January.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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Yemeni inspects a vehicle destroyed by airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana’a. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have intensified since the humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen ended 

Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, on Friday, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

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Iraqi forces secure an area near the Grand Mosque in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on Friday, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

Syrians evacuate a wounded man on a stretcher following a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces in Damascus' rebel-held suburb of Zamalka, on January 6, 2016. Government and rebel bombardment killed at least 20 civilians and wounded dozens in the Syrian capital and a nearby opposition bastion, state media and a monitoring group said.

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Syrians evacuate a wounded man on a stretcher following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in Damascus’ rebel-held suburb of Zamalka, on Wednesday

Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey...Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (not pictured) to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, January 6, 2016. Greek Orthodox faithful swam to retrieve the wooden crucifix thrown by Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I into the Golden Horn in Bosphorus during Epiphany Day celebrations.

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Greek Orthodox faithful wait for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to throw a wooden crucifix into the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. Greek Orthodox faithful swam to retrieve the wooden crucifix during the Epiphany Day celebrations

An Emirati falconer prepares to train his birds during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi.

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An Emirati falconer prepares to train his birds during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres southwest of Abu Dhabi

Camels compete during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 5, 2016, in the Liwa desert, 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore.

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Camels compete during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival on Tuesday, in the Liwa desert, 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi

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