The following images are scenes from the Middle East East region during the week of July 15-2, 2017, as seen through the lenses of Associated Press photographers.
We begin near Mosul, where The Associated Press found more than a hundred men, suspected of Islamic State ties, crammed in a small, dark room where they are detained.
Earlier this month, Iraq’s Prime Minister declared the “total liberation” of the country’s second largest city, but long-simmering tensions between the country’s majority Shiite security forces and the Sunni population are just beginning to bubble up as reports of extrajudicial killings and harsh detention conditions of suspected IS fighters are coming to light.
Anti-IS operations have recently shifted to Raqqa, where thousands are seeking refuge.
Next, we visit Jerusalem’s Old City, where three Palestinian assailants opened fire from a sacred site inside the Old City – known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount – killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.
In Egypt, people carried the body of Sayed Tafshan, who died during clashes between security forces and residents of al-Warraq island, on the northern fringes of Cairo.
Egypt’s Health Ministry said one person was killed and 19 injured in clashes after police attempted to remove illegal buildings on state land on the island.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said 31 policemen were injured.
Meanwhile, in Lebanon, the country’s two-month annual festival takes place. The festivities include concerts by local and international singers as well as plays and activities.