AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Jun 15, 2015 3:34 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

In the Middle East this week, militants launched a failed attack the ancient temple of Karnak in southern Egypt, with a suicide bomber detonating his explosive device and two gunmen battling police.

Elsewhere in Egypt, dredgers worked on a new waterway parallel to the Suez Canal, which would double the capacity of the vital global trade route. Meanwhile, an Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to death for their role in a deadly 2012 soccer riot that killed more than 70 people in the city of Port Said.

In Lebanon, members of the Druze religious sect protested the killing of as many as 20 Syrian Druze villagers by the al-Qaida branch in Syria and the Lebanese army conducted a live-fire demonstration of advanced missiles supplied by the United States.

In Bahrain, a criminal court convicted and sentenced five people to life in prison and stripped 56 Shiite citizens of their nationality on charges of forming a terrorist cell, targeting police officers and illegal weapons possession.

In the Palestinian territories, members of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, announced the start of a youth summer camp in the Gaza Strip. Villagers near the West Bank city of Ramallah buried 22-year-old Abdallah Ghanayem, who was killed after being hit by an Israeli army jeep amid clashes there.

In Yemen, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes caused the collapse of several historic houses in the old city of the capital Sanaa — a UNESCO World Heritage site.

And in Israel, thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels and others partied during Tel Aviv's annual gay pride parade — the largest event of its kind in the region.

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AP photo editor Nariman El-Mofty in Cairo curated this gallery.