AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_80172 Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women adorn 30-day-old Yossef Tabersky, the great grandchild of the chief rabbi of the Lelov Hassidic dynasty, during the "Pidyon Haben" ceremony in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The Pidyon Haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is a Jewish ceremony hearkening back to the biblical exodus from Egypt.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_51337 Yaakov Tabersky, right, presented his firstborn son, Yossef on a silver platter to Jewish priests from the Lelov Hassidic dynasty, during the "Pidyon Haben" ceremony in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The Pidyon Haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is a Jewish ceremony hearkening back to the biblical exodus from Egypt.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_24234 Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men check branches of the myrtle tree, or Hadas, to determine if is ritually acceptable as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_92636 Afghans sort second-hand clothes at the Chaman-e-Hozari Park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_29605 An Afghan potter sits among tandoor ovens in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_77870 An Afghan boy sits on a wheelbarrow as he waits for customers at a street fruit and vegetable market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_67826 Afghans watch a traditional wrestling match at the Chaman-e-Hozari Park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_58255 Taliban fighters sit on the back of a pickup truck as they stop on a hillside in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_57511 A Taliban fighter stands in the corner of a busy street at night in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_25795 An Afghan man sells fruit in the middle of a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_67829 Afghans play cricket at the Chaman-e-Hozari Park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_11057 Afghans walk in an alleyway as the sun sets in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_56696 A Hezbollah supporter fires a rocket-propelled grenade in the air to celebrate the arrival of Iranian fuel tankers to Lebanon, in the eastern town of Baalbek, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The delivery violates US sanctions imposed on Tehran after former President Donald Trump pulled America out of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers three years ago.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_14389 EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - An executioner stands over a man convicted of being involved in the killing of senior Houthi official Saleh al-Samad, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tahrir Square in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's Houthi rebels said Saturday they executed nine people for their alleged involvement in the killing of al-Samad in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition more than three years ago.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_74612 Afghan women and children receive bread donations in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
Pictures_of_the_Week_in_Middle_East_–_Photo_Gallery_13951 Afghans watch a traditional wrestling match at the Chaman-e-Hozari Park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.
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This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Sept. 16-22, 2021.

This week’s selection includes scenes from across the region, including an execution by Houthi rebels in Yemen, daily life in Afghanistan and a rarely-seen, ancient “Pidyon Haben” ceremony in Beit Shemesh, Israel. The Pidyon Haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is a Jewish ceremony hearkening back to the biblical exodus from Egypt.

The gallery was curated by Oded Balilty, AP Chief photographer for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and Dusan Vranic, AP Deputy News Director for Photos & Storytelling.

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