Highlights from the weekly AP photo report from the Middle East and Afghanistan, a selection of surprising images you might have missed from the region.
This week's gallery features voters at the polls in Iran, choosing candidates for parliament and the Experts Assembly; a glimpse of daily life in Damascus, where a cease-fire is due to take effect midnight Friday; ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to mark the death of holocaust survivor Rabbi Yochanan Sofer and the tiniest Lionel Messi fan in Afghanistan, who charmed the Internet with his makeshift Messi jersey fashioned from a plastic bag.
This gallery contains photos published Feb. 21-Feb. 26, 2016.
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This gallery was produced by Middle East Regional Photo Editor in Cairo Maya Alleruzzo. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo