The Week in Photos

A spotlight on the aftermath of MH17 and the conflict in Gaza.

Warning: Some images below are graphic in nature.

Grabovo, Ukraine
A group of women from a nearby village return home after visiting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images


The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last week has become an international crisis. Over the course of the recovery effort and investigation, Russian-back rebels were reported to be uncooperative: Bodies had been left to decompose in the sun for three days, and others were reportedly not recovered altogether, in what some suspected as an effort to obscure evidence of Russian involvement. A prominent Ukranian rebel leader appeared to confirm that pro-Russian separatists had access to an anti-aircraft missile launcher of the type used to bring down flight MH17. Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved record-high approval ratings at home. 

A body lies in a wheat field at the site of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Grabove, in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, on July 19, 2014.

Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

Donetsk, Ukraine
An armed pro-Russian separatist gestures as he blocks the way to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014.

Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Donetsk, Ukraine
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and members of a forensic team visit the crash site of MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region on July 21, 2014.

Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Local residents gather to watch as the bodies of victims of MH17 are removed from the scene of the crash on July 21, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

A Ukrainian policeman watches as a train carrying the remains of the victims of MH17 arrives in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, July 22, 2014.

Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of MH17 drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum, Netherlands, on July 23, 2014.

Photo by Remko De Waal/AFP/Getty Images

Donetsk, Ukraine
Bodies of crew members lie next to a destroyed Ukrainian tank in the northern outskirts of city of Donetsk, on July 22, 2014.

Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images


Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas is in its third week, with the death toll in Gaza reaching the 1,000 mark during a humanitarian cease-fire Saturday that has allowed for the retrieval of more bodies. This latest military campaign by the IDF has taken place under an ever evolving social media landscape, providing an unprecedented access to the experience of Palestinians that may be causing higher popular scrutiny of Israel’s actions. A peaceful resolution doesn’t seem to be on the horizon any time soon.

Outside Gaza
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 21, 2014.

Photo by Nir Elias/Reuters

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones toward Israeli troops during clashes at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 24, 2014.

Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

A Palestinian boy looks at a car which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City, July 24, 2014.

Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Ben Gurion Airport
The departures gate sits empty at terminal three at Ben Gurion Airport on July 24, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Federal Aviation Administration recently halted all U.S.-based flights flying to Israel.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Holon, near Tel Aviv
Dana, the sister of Israeli soldier Tsafrir Bar-Or, mourns during his funeral in Holon near Tel Aviv, July 21, 2014.

Photo by Daniel Bar-On/Reuters

The funeral ceremony of a Palestinian baby Noha Mesleh, killed in an Israeli assault, is held in Beit Lahia, Gaza on July 25, 2014.

Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

UN meeting
Palestine’s Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour shows pictures of Palestinian people as he addresses the Security Council during a meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 22, 2014.

Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Palestinians attend Friday prayers at Al-Farouk mosque which witnesses said was badly damaged by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 25, 2014.

Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters