The best photography from around the region this week: July 2

  • Private First Class Trent Pritchartt (L), Specialist Lance Doan (C), and Specialist Ben Purvis from the mortar platoon on Combat Outpost Nangalam fire 81mm mortar rounds at suspected insurgent positions in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
  • Pakistani children living in Islamabad's slums run in Pakistan, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
  • Bahraini anti-government protesters shout slogans and hold up images of Sheik Ali Salman, head of the Shiite majority's main political bloc, after midday prayers outside a mosque in Diraz, Bahrain, on Friday, June 29, 2012. Protesters gathered to denounce what they say was authorities attempt to kill Salman during last week's pro-democracy protests. Bahraini riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets last Friday, injuring Salman and other opposition leaders who were on their way to lead an unauthorized march. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
  • Egyptians raise their hands and chant slogans as they gather for a speech by President-elect Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 29, 2012. In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt's first Islamist and civilian president-elect vowed Saturday that nobody can take away his authority and symbolically read an oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Members of the al-Nawajaa family are seen at dusk near a cactus plant in the area where they live, near the Jewish settlement of Sosia and the Palestinian village of Yatta, in the West Bank, 01 July 2012. The Palestinians in this area received notice that Israel intends to demolish their structures in the near future.  EPA/ABED HASHLAMOUN
  • In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi waves to guests after giving an inaugural address at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 30, 2012. Islamist Mohammed Morsi promised a 'new Egypt' and unwavering support to the powerful military as he took the oath of office Saturday to become the country's first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was ousted 16 months ago. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abd El-Maaty, Egyptian Presidency)
  • Private First Class Trent Pritchartt (L), Specialist Lance Doan (C), and Specialist Ben Purvis from the mortar platoon on Combat Outpost Nangalam fire 81mm mortar rounds at suspected insurgent positions in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
  • Afghanistan National Army (ANA) soldiers are briefed at Forward Operating Base Delhi, where US Marines from Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment are posted in Garmser, Helmand Province on June 29, 2012. Some 130,000 NATO troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and there are fears that their exit will lead to a reduction in rights and freedoms in the war-torn country. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY
  • A Palestinian woman walks with a child past a shadow of a cross cast by the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, before Christmas in this December 16, 2010 file photo. UNESCO granted endangered World Heritage status and funding for repairs to the site seen by Christians as Jesus's birthplace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem despite objections from the United States and Israel. Thirteen members of the World Heritage Committee out of twenty one voted in favour of the move at a meeting in St.Petersburg. The decision was met by a standing ovation. Six members voted against and two abstained.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Files (WEST BANK)
  • A Palestinian groom is thrown in the air during a mass wedding party for 19 Palestinian couples in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, June 28, 2012. The celebration leading up to the mass wedding, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, was attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and organised by the Fatah movement. Picture taken June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

July 2, 2012

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

               
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