AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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Posted: Aug 17, 2015 5:13 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Mideast this past week, a scorching heatwave gripped Egypt and other countries, causing people to look for ways to cool off any way they could.

At least 93 people have been killed in the heatwave alone in Egypt, authorities say. Egyptian summers are usually hot, but temperatures soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's south.

Meanwhile in Egypt, the family of photojournalist Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, known by his nickname Shawkan, marked his 700th day of being detained without charges. The photojournalist was arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the government's violent dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

In Iraq, an Islamic State-claimed truck bomb exploded early in the morning in a market in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, killing at least 67 people. Meanwhile, demonstrators in the street rallied behind Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to overhaul the country's government.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians protested over the U.N. Relief and Works Agency potentially delaying the start of classes at 700 schools it operates over a funding shortfall.

As a civil war rages in Yemen, health workers went door-to-door in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, to offer polio immunizations to the country's at-risk children.

And in Afghanistan and Pakistan, jugglers and circus performers held separate events to entertain their countrymen during a long, hot summer.

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AP photo editor Thomas Hartwell in Cairo curated this gallery.