AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Jun 22, 2015 8:58 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

In Syria, forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels fought in the Druze village of Khader, across from the Israeli- controlled Golan Heights, just days after as many as 20 members of the Druze minority sect were killed in the deadliest violence against them since the Syrian conflict started in March 2011.

Outside a West Bank settlement, a gunman opened fire on a car, killing an Israeli man and wounding another. And a blaze ripped through the Church of the Multiplication — one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land — in the middle of the night near the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what Israeli authorities believe was an attack by Jewish extremists.

In Iraq, security forces defended their positions against an Islamic State group attack in Husaybah, east of the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi. The Islamic State group still holds about a third of Iraq and Syria, including Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

In Cairo, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood lit and waved flares to protest an Egyptian court's ruling that confirmed the death sentence for ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the country's 2011 uprising, making him the first leader in Egypt's modern history to potentially face execution.

While this is the first death sentence for Morsi, courts have handed out hundreds of similar sentences against Islamists in mass trials since his 2013 overthrow and a mass crackdown on dissent.

In Israel, yoga enthusiasts in Tel Aviv joined thousands of others worldwide who took part in mass yoga exercises to mark the first International Yoga Day.

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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.