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AP Month in Pictures: Middle East

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January 2024

The war in the Gaza Strip entered its fourth month as the exchange of fire continued between Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel, while Israel expanded the campaign to Beirut with a high-profile killing of a top-ranking Hamas commander.

Yemen鈥檚 Houthis continued targeting shipping lines in the Red Sea, while the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed nearly 100 people in Iran.

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made by 老澳门六合彩鈥 photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in January 2024.

Oded Balilty, the AP鈥檚 chief photographer for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and Dusan Vranic, deputy news director for photography for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, curated the gallery.

A Palestinian woman cries as she sits next to her girl wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip while receiving treatment at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

A Palestinian woman cries as she sits next to her girl wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip while receiving treatment at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

Palestinians search for bodies and survivors in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians search for bodies and survivors in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians bury the bodies of people who were killed in fighting with Israel and returned to Gaza by the Israeli military, during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians bury the bodies of people who were killed in fighting with Israel and returned to Gaza by the Israeli military, during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians flee from the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza during Israeli ground and air offensive on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians flee from the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza during Israeli ground and air offensive on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians arrive in the southern Gaza town of Rafah after fleeing an Israeli ground and air offensive in the nearby city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians arrive in the southern Gaza town of Rafah after fleeing an Israeli ground and air offensive in the nearby city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Mourners weep over the flag-draped coffin of their loved one who was killed in Wednesday's bomb explosion during the funeral in the city of Kerman about 510 miles (820 km) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Mourners weep over the flag-draped coffin of their loved one who was killed in Wednesday鈥檚 bomb explosion during the funeral in the city of Kerman about 510 miles (820 km) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Israeli women demand the immediate release of the Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group at a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli women demand the immediate release of the Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group at a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli flag is placed on a pile of charred vehicles burned in the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, outside the town of Netivot, southern Israel, Sunday, Jan.7, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

An Israeli flag is placed on a pile of charred vehicles burned in the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, outside the town of Netivot, southern Israel, Sunday, Jan.7, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped casket of reservist Elkana Vizel during his funeral at Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped casket of reservist Elkana Vizel during his funeral at Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A Palestinian woman flashes a V-sign towards Israeli troops during an army raid in the Tulkarem refugee camp, West Bank, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A Palestinian woman flashes a V-sign towards Israeli troops during an army raid in the Tulkarem refugee camp, West Bank, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Pakistani police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan and political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during an election campaign rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistani police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan and political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during an election campaign rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

An Israeli man pushes a baby cart through an installation simulating a tunnel in Gaza in an act of solidarity with hostages believed to be held underground by Hamas and calling for their return, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli man pushes a baby cart through an installation simulating a tunnel in Gaza in an act of solidarity with hostages believed to be held underground by Hamas and calling for their return, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli combat reservists and tank forces take part in training drills on the Lebanese front in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli combat reservists and tank forces take part in training drills on the Lebanese front in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Amit Soussana, 40, right, is embraced by a friend after speaking to journalists in front of her destroyed house in the kibbutz Kfar Azza, near the Gaza Strip, Israel, Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Soussana was held in captivity for 55 days after being kidnapped during the cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Amit Soussana, 40, right, is embraced by a friend after speaking to journalists in front of her destroyed house in the kibbutz Kfar Azza, near the Gaza Strip, Israel, Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Soussana was held in captivity for 55 days after being kidnapped during the cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Demonstrators hold orange balloons at a rally in solidarity with Kfir Bibas, an Israeli boy who spent his first birthday Thursday in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Demonstrators hold orange balloons at a rally in solidarity with Kfir Bibas, an Israeli boy who spent his first birthday Thursday in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Palestinians displaced by the Israeli air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip walk through a makeshift tent camp in Rafah on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians displaced by the Israeli air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip walk through a makeshift tent camp in Rafah on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Houthi supporters attend a rally in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the U.S.-led airstrikes on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

Houthi supporters attend a rally in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the U.S.-led airstrikes on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

Friends and relatives of Israeli reservist Ariel Mordechay Wollfstal attend his funeral at a cemetery in the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. Wollfstal, 28, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Friends and relatives of Israeli reservist Ariel Mordechay Wollfstal attend his funeral at a cemetery in the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. Wollfstal, 28, was killed during Israel鈥檚 ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas鈥 Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A Palestinian child wounded during the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip receives treatment at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

A Palestinian child wounded during the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip receives treatment at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

Palestinians look at a damaged residential building after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians look at a damaged residential building after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Hezbollah fighters attend the funeral of their commander Wissam al-Tawil, in the village of Khirbet Selm, south Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hezbollah fighters attend the funeral of their commander Wissam al-Tawil, in the village of Khirbet Selm, south Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Members of the Abu Sinjar family mourn their relatives killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at their house in Rafah, southern Gaza, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Members of the Abu Sinjar family mourn their relatives killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip at their house in Rafah, southern Gaza, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

Palestinians displaced by the Israeli bombardment of the northern Gaza Strip play next to the border with Egypt, in Rafah, southern Gaza, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)

Palestinians displaced by the Israeli bombardment of the northern Gaza Strip play next to the border with Egypt, in Rafah, southern Gaza, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)