AP PHOTOS: Editor selections of the week in the Mideast

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Posted: Aug 05, 2016 11:54 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections of the week in the Mideast

Extreme temperatures blazed across the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, during a summer when some countries broke their own records. In Iraq, the government closed offices for several days due to a spike in temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

People sought refuge from the heat in swimming pools, rivers and oceans — and, in some cases, puddles or flood water. The heat didn't stop the Earth from turning, even as its residents moved a bit more slowly.

Iraqi fighters continued their campaign to oust Islamic State militants from strongholds in the country. A couple got married in Gaza, and Shiite fighters in Lebanon showed off their tattoos to The Associated Press.

Here is a selection of Associated Press photos from the region published between July 30 and Aug. 5, 2016.

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This gallery was curated by Middle East Regional Photo Editor Maya Alleruzzo in Cairo. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mayaalleruzzo and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mayaalleruzzo .

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