AP PHOTOS: Selection of Mideast, Afghan and Pakistan photos

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Posted: Sep 07, 2015 6:11 AM
AP PHOTOS: Selection of Mideast, Afghan and Pakistan photos

This past week, Libyan search teams found 10 bodies of drowned migrants who washed up in the port city of Zuwara after two smuggling boats — with about 500 migrants aboard — sank off the coast of Libya.

The tragedy of those desperately trying to get to Europe in shoddy boats, often organized by human traffickers, inspired a local artist whose work was on display during a protest in this northwestern Libyan port city.

In Egypt, military bulldozers dug through the sand along the border with Gaza in an apparently renewed campaign to pressure the strips' Hamas rulers and stamp out cross-border smuggling.

In Yemen, Shiite Houthi rebels buried their dead after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bomber and a subsequent car bombing killed at least 20 people at a mosque in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, amid the country's raging civil war.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates brought home bodies of 45 of its troops killed in Yemen while taking part in Saudi-led operations against the Houthis in what was the deadliest day in the Emirati military's 44-year history.

An Israeli raid to arrest a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle, leaving several wounded in the clashes. In Lebanon, anti-government activists held up Lebanese flag during a sit-in in Beirut, where protesters broke into the environment ministry, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country's snowballing trash crisis.

In Afghanistan, Mahmood Matin or Mr. Afghanistan posed for a photo with female service members of the international support mission during a weightlifting workshop at the NATO headquarters in Kabul.

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AP Middle East photo editor Thomas Hartwell in Cairo curated this gallery.