AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Aug 03, 2015 5:47 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

In the Middle East this past week, attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories threatened to ignite widespread violence in the region.

In one assault, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed revelers at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem. The attacker, Yishai Schlissel, recently was released from prison over stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in 2005, police said.

In the West Bank, suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death. In nearby Beit El, Israeli bulldozers demolished a contested housing complex as the prime minister's office announced the immediate construction of some 300 new units at the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

In Lebanon, trash piled up in the streets as protesters closed the highway linking Beirut with southern Lebanon over the country's garbage crisis.

Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of the extremists' figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar. In neighboring Pakistan, mourners held funeral prayers for the leader.

Also in Pakistan, authorities demolished illegal mud houses of Afghan refugees and Pakistani tribal people who fled their villages due to an ongoing crackdown on militants. Scores of residents were wounded in clashes with police.

In Yemen, a car bomb exploded in Sanaa near a mosque belonging to the country's minority al-Bohra community, killing and wounding several people.

Finally, Egypt prepared to unveil a parallel waterway to allow two-way shipping traffic on the Suez Canal.

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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.