AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 2:40 PM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

In the Middle East this past week, Syrian refugees held a wedding outside a tent in northern Jordan, Egyptians celebrated the inauguration of a Suez Canal extension and Pakistanis raced for higher ground to escape deadly monsoon floods.

The wedding was held at an informal tent community in northern Jordan. The vast majority of Syrian war refugees in Jordan live in local communities, with only about 100,000 dwelling in recognized refugee camps. The unauthorized tent settlements sprang up because some refugees couldn't afford to live in urban areas or wanted to be close to farm jobs.

In Cairo, the streets were draped with flags for the inauguration of the Suez Canal extension. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who as army chief led the 2013 overthrow of an elected Islamist president, has billed the $8.5 billion project as a historic achievement that will boost the economy following years of unrest.

But in a sign of the country's lingering tensions, young Islamists protested against the government and clashed with police in Cairo's al-Mataria district on Friday.

In the Gaza Strip, four Palestinians from the same family died when Israeli ordnance left over from last summer's war exploded, according to local health officials, who said another 13 people were wounded in the blast.

And in Pakistan, people sought shelter from torrential rains and flooding that have struck towns and villages across the country. The floods have killed at least 169 people and affected 900,000 nationwide, as authorities have used helicopters and boats to carry people to safety.

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AP Middle East photo editor Nariman El-Mofty in Cairo curated this gallery. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NMofty.