AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Nov 28, 2015 7:39 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

This week in the Middle East, Egyptians went to the polls in the second round of parliamentary elections, with turnout reaching nearly 30 percent, considerably less than for votes held immediately after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

The elections were held in a climate of political apathy and despair at the country's lingering unrest and economic stagnation. The vote is expected to produce a rubber-stamp body loyal to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who as military chief led the 2013 overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected leader, Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, amid mass protests against his turbulent yearlong rule.

Elsewhere in the region, tensions soared in Israel and the Palestinian territories as a two-month wave of Palestinian attacks and clashes showed no signs of abating despite a visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at containing the unrest.

Kerry also visited the United Arab Emirates, where practice rounds began ahead of Formula One's season-ending grand prix.

An AP photo gallery meanwhile offered a look inside the Jewish community on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba. The community traces its roots back nearly 2,500 years, and survived the turmoil that surrounded the creation of Israel in 1948, when more than 800,000 Jews from across the Arab world either emigrated or were driven from their homes.

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AP photographer Mosa'ab Elshamy in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow Elshamy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mosaaberizing and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mosaabelshamy