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AP photos capture the year in the Mideast when nations grappled with the virus pandemic and other conflicts. Warning: Includes some graphic photos.

Beirut explosion

Smoke rises on Aug. 5, 2020, after an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, the day before. The blast, caused by the detonation of a stockpile of explosive chemicals that had been improperly stored, killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and destroyed entire neighborhoods of the capital.AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Beirut explosion

Injured people are evacuated by a military truck from a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4, 2020. It was the most devastating single event in the region during the year.AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Beirut

Injured people are evacuated by a military truck from a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4, 2020. It was the most devastating single event in the region during the year.

Beirut

Civilians help to evacuate an injured sailor from a ship near the explosion scene at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4, 2020. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Iraq

A member of the Shiite Imam Ali brigades militia prays by a body of a coronavirus victim during a funeral at the new Wadi al-Salam cemetery near Najaf, Iraq, on July 20, 2020. A special burial ground near the Wadi al-Salam cemetery was created specifically for COVID-19 victims since rejections of such burials continued in Baghdad cemeteries and elsewhere in Iraq.AP Photo/Anmar Khalil
Iraq

Iran

An Iranian cemetery worker prepares new graves at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 1, 2020. The Mideast’s worst coronavirus outbreak was in Iran, which was already reeling from months of escalation with the United States following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and his imposition of crippling sanctions.AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Israel

Israeli police officers arrest an Israeli protester during an Oct. 3, 2020, demonstration in Tel Aviv against lockdown measures that they believed were aimed at curbing protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Protesters held the largest anti-government demonstrations in years, demanding that Netanyahu resign over his trial on corruption charges and his government’s handling of the pandemic.AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Iran

Volunteers wearing protective clothing prepare the body of a man who died from COVID-19 for a funeral at a cemetery in the outskirts of the city of Ghaemshahr, in northern Iran, on Dec. 16, 2020.

Associated Press

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