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An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army stands inside a rebel hideout in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.
Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding that a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end
A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as he takes up a defensive position inside a building in Aleppo’s al-Sayyid Ali neighbourhood, on Tuesday
Hizbollah supporters in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, fire their weapons to celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to Hizbollah fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday. The Syrian army captured the strategic town near the Lebanese border after a gruelling three-week battle, handing a heavy defeat to rebels and solidifying a shift in the country’s civil war in favour of Assad’s regime. Read more
About 1,000 reservists denounced North Korea for escalating the threat for war. North Korea has been railing against US-South Korean military exercises that began in March and will continue until the end of April. The allies insist the exercises in South Korea are routine, but the North calls them rehearsals for an invasion and says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself. Read more