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AP Month in Pictures: Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Feb. 03, 2023 07:43 AM EST

JANUARY 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2023. This month's selection shows scenes from across the region, including images of...

Israel probes legality of US giving artifact to Palestinians

Feb. 03, 2023 01:46 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — An ivory spoon dating back 2,700 years that was recently repatriated to the Palestinian Authority from the United States has sparked a dispute with Israel's new far-right government over the cultural heritage in the occupied West Bank. The clash brings...

Israeli settler population in West Bank surpasses 500K

Feb. 02, 2023 07:37 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settler population now makes up more than half a million people, a pro-settler group said Thursday, crossing a major threshold. Settler leaders predicted even faster population growth under Israel's new ultranationalist government. The report, by...

Israel, Gaza militants exchange fire amid soaring tensions

Feb. 02, 2023 04:03 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel, the military said, the latest in an uptick of violence in the region. Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the Gaza Strip as...

Palestinians face removal as far-right Israel vows expansion

Feb. 01, 2023 09:40 AM EST

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (AP) — Protesters streaming up the windswept hills east of Jerusalem interrupted Maha Ali’s breakfast. Palestinian chants of support for her West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, at risk of demolition by the Israeli army since it lost its legal...

Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians during new violence

Feb. 01, 2023 09:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who allegedly tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, while a Palestinian teenager was shot dead after brandishing what Israeli police said was a fake pistol during an operation in east Jerusalem, according to...

Blinken urges Israel-Palestinian calm as violence soars

Jan. 30, 2023 12:43 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to ease tensions following a spike in violence that has put the region on edge. The bloodshed has alarmed the Biden administration as it attempts to find common ground with Israeli Prime Minister...

Palestinians say Israeli troops kill man in West Bank

Jan. 30, 2023 08:20 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man in a flashpoint city in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The killing marks the latest bloodshed in spiraling violence that comes as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the region. ...

Israeli-Palestinian cauldron tests US as Blinken visits

Jan. 29, 2023 21:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An alarming spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence and sharp responses by both sides are testing the Biden administration as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plunges into a cauldron of deepening mistrust and anger on visits to Israel and the West Bank this week. ...

Israel prepares to demolish home of Palestinian gunman

Jan. 29, 2023 13:19 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday sealed the home of an east Jerusalem man who killed seven people outside a synagogue, in a preliminary step ahead of the expected demolition of the building, as two Palestinian men died from Israeli fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet...