Across the Middle East last week, long-delayed reconstruction began in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood to repair and rebuild homes damaged and destroyed in last summer's war with Israel. The first houses are being rebuilt as part of a Qatari-funded project that will see 1,000 housing units reconstructed.
Elsewhere in Israel and the Palestinian territories, protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers after the funeral of Falah Abu Maria, a 51-year-old father killed during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers. In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who sought to ease Israeli fears over an Iranian nuclear deal with world powers.
In Egypt, soaring summer temperatures forced residents, and even horses, to seek out the cooling waters of the Nile. But dozens of people drowned when a passenger boat capsized and sank in the Nile after colliding with another boat.
In Lebanon, garbage piled up in the streets and government workers sprayed it with insect repellant. Trash in the capital, Beirut, has gone uncollected for days following a dispute over the closing of a major landfill.
In Yemen, Shiite rebels known as Houthis battled government forces backed by a Saudi-led airstrike campaign. Pro-government forces drove the rebels out of the southern city of Aden and began driving north. The Houthi rebels still control the capital, Sanaa.
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