2016 has been unfortunately a bloody year for the Middle East and the majority of this year’s top AP images are from wars or suicide bombings mainly from Iraq & Syria. Mercifully as put by AP, “2016 also brought opportunities for people to gather for sacred days and in celebration of their daily lives”.

I chose few pictures from AP’s top 2016 photos from the region. You can check out the full list [here].

Mosul Battle – Photo Credits: Felipe Dana
Libya – Photo Credits: Manu Brabo
Dubai – Photo Credits: Kamran Jebreili
Beirut – Photo Credits: Hassan Ammar
Iraq- Photo Credits: Bram Janssen
Rainbow Over Gaza Strip – Photo Credits: Adel Hana