AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Feb 23, 2015 6:24 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

In Middle East this week, the Islamic State group extended its reach by releasing a video shot in Libya showing militants beheading of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt, many from the same village.

Grief washed over Egypt, prompting a swift response from the country as its fighter jets pounded militant targets in Libya. In Tripoli, Christians gathered for Mass and government forces battled militants west of the capital.

A winter storm swept through the region, blanketing Israel and Lebanon in snow. Gaza City's coastline saw high waves.

In Cairo, Al-Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohammed reacquainted himself with his dog, Gatsby, after more than a year in prison on terrorism-related charges.

Also in Egypt, families gathered to celebrate the birthday of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad during commemorations for Moulid al-Hussein.

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AP Middle East regional photo editor Maya Alleruzzo in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo.