The best photography from around the region this week: April 4, 2013

  • Running for cover: a member of the Free Syrian Army flees gunfire in Deir Al Zor.  Khalil Ashawi / Reuters
  • On guard: Pakistani Rangers secure Benazir Bhutto International Airport prior to the arrival of the former Pakistani president and head of political party All Pakistan Muslim League, Pervez Musharraf, in Islamabad. W. Khan / EPA
  • Hiding in the shadows: Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron. Ammar Awad / Reuters
  • Blown up: a balloon seller waits for customers on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Jawad Jalali / AP Photo
  • Women at war: female members of the Al Ikhlas (Loyalty) Battalion rest with their weapons in Aleppo, Syria. Giath Taha / Reuters
  • Easter handouts: Christian girls show their hands decorated with Bangles and painted with Henna paste as they celebrate Easter after a mass at in a Christian neighbourhood in Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo
  • Jump to it: Pakistani children, who were displaced with their families by 2010 floods from Pakistan's Sindh province, play on a trampoline in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad. Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo
  • Now hear this: Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, leader of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam, speaks to supporters as the party gears up for the next general elections, during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan. Rahat Dar / EPA
  • Check it out: a Palestinian man pauses near the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem. Bernat Armangue / AP Photo
  • Masked man: a Palestinian demonstrator protects himself from tear gas in the streets of the West Bank city of Hebron during clashes with the Israeli army following the death of a Palestinian prisoner. Marco Longari / AFP
  • RIP: mourners grieve over the bodies of three men killed during a mass funeral in Fallujah, 65 kilometres west of Baghdad. Gunmen killed Sheikh Talib Youssef, a mosque preacher, along with his nephew Othman Khalil and another man. Residents say Youssef was one of the organisers of weekly Sunni demonstrations against the Shiite-led government that have been taking place for the past three months. Bilal Fawzi / AP Photo
  • Light handed: a devotee holds earthen lamps during the annual Festival of Lights at the tomb of Sufi poet Shah Hussein in Lahore, Pakistan. Rahat Dar / EPA
  • Sleeping carriage: people sleep on charpoy beds on a road near a railway station in Karachi, Pakistan. Akhtar Soomro / Reuters
  • High officer: an Afghan policeman offers evening prayers on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Ahmad Jamshid / AP Photo

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


Photo edit and sequencing by photo editor, James O'Hara