Middle East

Murzuq, Libya
Airstrikes by planes and drones, indiscriminate rocket attacks, shelling, and ground fighting also have displaced thousands in Murzuq
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August 20, 2019
Two Israeli Sa'ar 5 class corvettes (L) and the U.S. Navy's USS Donald Cook guided missile destroyer (R) are seen during an exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 7, 2019.
Drill, held last Wednesday, comes amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf
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August 20, 2019
 Fighters from a militia known as the Security Belt, that is funded and armed by the United Arab Emirates, head to the frontline in an area called Moreys, in Yemen's Dhale province, Aug. 5, 2019.
The fighting between the two sides — ostensible allies in the Saudi-led coalition that for years has been fighting Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, based in the north — has added another layer to the complex civil war in the Arab world's most impoverished country
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August 20, 2019
A crew member checks the new name of Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, formerly known as Grace 1, off the coast of Gibraltar.
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The State Department message follows decision by Gibraltar to free the Adrian Darya 1 despite US objections
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August 20, 2019
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to the media after his meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the State Department in Washington, Aug. 15, 2019.
Egypt, along with the UAE, is a supporter of Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya National Army (LNA) has been trying to take Tripoli from forces allied with the internationally recognized government
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By Reuters
August 19, 2019
Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the replacement of Kurdish mayors with state officials in three cities, in Diyarbakir, Aug. 19, 2019.
Pro-Kurdish HDP mayors in Van, Mardin, and Diyarbakir, are replaced by state-appointed trustees
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August 19, 2019
A migrant is comforted by a crew member of the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Aug.18, 2019.
United Nations pays special tribute to women, who account for 40% of humanitarian workers worldwide 
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August 19, 2019