AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Jun 08, 2015 3:49 PM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

In the Middle East this week, an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a site believed to be one of Yemen's largest weapons depots near the capital, Sanaa, sending plumes of smoke into the sky amid the monthslong war.

Yemen has been targeted in airstrikes since March 26 as the coalition tries to halt the advance of the country's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies.

Fighting also intensified in Iraq, as Iraqi forces and allied Shiite militiamen struggle to claw back ground held by Islamic State extremists in the Sunni province of Anbar. Fighters from the Badr Brigades Shiite militia patrolled the front line outside of Fallujah.

In Cairo, supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak scuffled after the country's highest appeals court ordered his retrial on charges that he failed to stop the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 29-year rule.

In Jerusalem's Old City, the Festival of Light attracted visitors eager to see art installations and performances. Every year during the festival, the walled enclave sheds its role as one of the world's most contested pieces of real estate and becomes a carnival of lights.

In the courtyard of Al-Azhar Mosque in the Islamic Cairo neighborhood, Muslim worshippers gathered after Friday prayers as the Islamic calendar inches closer to the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

As the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea, a Lebanese man captivated passers-by with his bungee jumping along Beirut's seaside corniche.

And in Iran, Masoud Chenaghloo, nicknamed Don Dorigo, balanced on a slackline in the mountains overlooking Tehran. A growing number of young Iranians have embraced the extreme sport of slacklining — a high-wire walk on a flat line of webbing strung between rocks or trees up to 60 meters (yards) above the ground.

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AP photo editor Bianca Schlotterbeck in Cairo curated this gallery.