Amazing photos from Lebanon taken in 2017

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. – Steven Spielberg.

Protesters burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration, organized by Hezbollah, in Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

Protesters burn an Israeli flag during a demonstration, organized by Hezbollah, in Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

A boy and a girl dressed up as Santa Claus take a selfie in front of a Christmas tree made of bananas in Damour, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A boy and a girl dressed up as Santa Claus take a selfie in front of a Christmas tree made of bananas in Damour, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Tv reporter Rachel Karam defend a protester from being severely beaten by a member of the security forces, during a demonstration outside the US embassy in Awkar, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)

Tv reporter Rachel Karam defend a protester from being severely beaten by a member of the security forces, during a demonstration outside the US embassy in Awkar, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)

Palestinian flags are seen from the skies during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Mahdi Skafi)

Palestinian flags are seen from the skies during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. (Mahdi Skafi)

Sufi men attend a ritual ceremony to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed, in the southern city of Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

Sufi men attend a ritual ceremony to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed, in the southern city of Saida, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

A milestone was passed at the Beirut Marathon, as Rabih al-Jammal became the first fully blind Lebanese person to complete the full 42-kilometer course. (Finbar Anderson / The Daily Star)

A milestone was passed at the Beirut Marathon, as Rabih al-Jammal became the first fully blind Lebanese person to complete the full 42-kilometer course. (Finbar Anderson / The Daily Star)

Supporters of Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri hold up placards demanding his return from Saudi Arabia on the starting line of Beirut's annual marathon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Supporters of Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri hold up placards demanding his return from Saudi Arabia on the starting line of Beirut’s annual marathon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Front pages of newspapers featuring prime minister Saad Hariri following his resignation, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

Front pages of newspapers featuring prime minister Saad Hariri following his resignation, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

The lebanese rugby team celebrating their victory in a game against France in Canberra, Australia, clinching the first ever Rugby League World Cup victory. (Keegan Carroll / NRL)

The lebanese rugby team celebrating their victory in a game against France in Canberra, Australia, clinching the first ever Rugby League World Cup victory. (Keegan Carroll / NRL)

Soldiers films yoga enthusiasts during '108 Sun Salutations' gathering, in Martyrs Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Balkis Press / Sipa USA)

Soldiers films yoga enthusiasts during ‘108 Sun Salutations’ gathering, in Martyrs Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Balkis Press / Sipa USA)

Syrian Fashion Designer Manal Ajaj poses on the catwalk with male models wearing Syrian Army uniforms at the end of her fashion show in Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Syrian Fashion Designer Manal Ajaj poses on the catwalk with male models wearing Syrian Army uniforms at the end of her fashion show in Beirut, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Total chaos between the police and football fan clubs following the loss of Nejmeh club over Ansar 5-1 in, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)

Total chaos between the police and football fan clubs following the loss of Nejmeh club over Ansar 5-1 in, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Marwan Tahtah)

A Lebanese Shiite man takes part in a flagellation ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

A Lebanese Shiite man takes part in a flagellation ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, Lebanon. (Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP)

Newly crowned Miss Lebanon 2017 Berla Halo reacts after being elected at Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, north of Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Newly crowned Miss Lebanon 2017 Berla Halo reacts after being elected at Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, north of Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

People gathering to hear one of the lectures on the islamic month of Muharram ahead of Ashura memorials, in Beirut suburbs, Lebanon. (Hassan Bahsoun)

People gathering to hear one of the lectures on the islamic month of Muharram ahead of Ashura memorials, in Beirut suburbs, Lebanon. (Hassan Bahsoun)

A mural honoring Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih el Safi, painted by ASHEKMAN in Baalbeck, Lebanon. (Bassem el Zein)

A mural honoring Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih el Safi, painted by ASHEKMAN in Baalbeck, Lebanon. (Bassem el Zein)

Bullets trails light up the sky, during the funeral of a slain soldier that was taken as a hostage by ISIS, in Bekaa, Lebanon. (Khaled Adnan Taleb)

Bullets trails light up the sky, during the funeral of a slain soldier that was taken as a hostage by ISIS, in Bekaa, Lebanon. (Khaled Adnan Taleb)

Families of slain soldiers taken hostage in 2014 by ISIS, mourn during an official funerary ceremony at the Ministry of Defence in Yarzeh, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby Aljadeed)

Families of slain soldiers taken hostage in 2014 by ISIS, mourn during an official funerary ceremony at the Ministry of Defence in Yarzeh, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby Aljadeed)

Pope Francis shows a jersey of the Beirut marathon, at the Vatican. (L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis shows a jersey of the Beirut marathon, at the Vatican. (L’Osservatore Romano)

Twenty-six Couples take part in a mass wedding at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Twenty-six Couples take part in a mass wedding at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Member of Hezbollah militia observe soldiers from Lebanon army as they deploy at the border with Syria. (Hezbollah’s “Central Military Information”)

Member of Hezbollah militia observe soldiers from Lebanon army as they deploy at the border with Syria. (Hezbollah’s “Central Military Information”)

Hussein Youssef father of soldier Mohammed, who was kidnapped by IS three years ago, reacts after knowing his son was found buried near the border with Syria. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Hussein Youssef father of soldier Mohammed, who was kidnapped by IS three years ago, reacts after knowing his son was found buried near the border with Syria. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

President Michel Aoun plays with a dog in the garden of the Baabda presidential palace, after signing the country's first animal welfare bill into law. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

President Michel Aoun plays with a dog in the garden of the Baabda presidential palace, after signing the country’s first animal welfare bill into law. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanese soldiers waving both Lebanese & Spanish flag, captioned: “A salute from our troops fighting ISIS in the mountains of Ras Baalbek to the victims of Spain and the whole world”. (Lebanese army)

Lebanese soldiers waving both Lebanese & Spanish flag, captioned: “A salute from our troops fighting ISIS in the mountains of Ras Baalbek to the victims of Spain and the whole world”. (Lebanese army)

 

A statue of Lebanese monk Saint Charbel, weighing 40 tonnes, being transported on the Jounieh highway, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Patrick Baz / AFP)

A statue of Lebanese monk Saint Charbel, weighing 40 tonnes, being transported on the Jounieh highway, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Patrick Baz / AFP)

Basketball player Fadi al-Khatib facing 4 New Zealand players in a match that ended with a loss for Lebanon 86-82 in Zouk, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / AlAraby Aljadeed)

Basketball player Fadi al-Khatib facing 4 New Zealand players in a match that ended with a loss for Lebanon 86-82 in Zouk, Lebanon. (Hussein Baydoun / AlAraby Aljadeed)

A bride and groom are seen being transported through a buildozer in Al Minieh, Northern of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Al Minieh media Office / Facebook)

A bride and groom are seen being transported through a buildozer in Al Minieh, Northern of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Al Minieh media Office / Facebook)

Hezbollah fighters raise up and salute photos of fallen lebanese army members who were killed along the border, near Arsal, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Hezbollah fighters raise up and salute photos of fallen lebanese army members who were killed along the border, near Arsal, Lebanon. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Saad Hariri watches Donald J. Trump speak to reporters in the White House in Washington, DC, USA. (JIM LO SCALZO / EPA)

Saad Hariri watches Donald J. Trump speak to reporters in the White House in Washington, DC, USA. (JIM LO SCALZO / EPA)

Protesters demonstrating against tax hike in Beirut, Lebanon. (Richard Sammour / Al modon)

Protesters demonstrating against tax hike in Beirut, Lebanon. (Richard Sammour / Al modon)

Lebanese protest a sit-in against the increase of environmental pollution, in front of the Ministry of Environment in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

Lebanese protest a sit-in against the increase of environmental pollution, in front of the Ministry of Environment in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

A member of the Lebanon Team working his booth during the robot cometition at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions in Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards / AFP)

A member of the Lebanon Team working his booth during the robot cometition at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions in Washington, DC. (Paul J. Richards / AFP)

A man in a wheelchair takes pictures with his mobile phone at Ramlat al Bayda public beach in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A man in a wheelchair takes pictures with his mobile phone at Ramlat al Bayda public beach in Beirut, Lebanon. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Lebanese firefighters inspect the damage caused by a massive fire in a camp for Syrian refugees near the village of Qab Elias in Lebanon. (Hassan Jarrah / AFP)

Lebanese firefighters inspect the damage caused by a massive fire in a camp for Syrian refugees near the village of Qab Elias in Lebanon. (Hassan Jarrah / AFP)

People release lanterns in the skies, as part of a fundraiser event for underprivileged children, in Tripoli, Lebanon. (‎Gaby Nehme)

People release lanterns in the skies, as part of a fundraiser event for underprivileged children, in Tripoli, Lebanon. (‎Gaby Nehme)

Muslims read the Koran during the Laylat Al Qadr at the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

Muslims read the Koran during the Laylat Al Qadr at the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Mounzer / EPA)

PM Saad Hariri taking a glance toward minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, as he looks busy working on his mobile phone, inside the grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

PM Saad Hariri taking a glance toward minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, as he looks busy working on his mobile phone, inside the grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

MP Ammar Houry, giving 10,000 L.L. to a woman, after a demonstration against the extension of terms for members of the parliament happened in the same area, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussien Baydoun / Alaraby Aljadeed)

MP Ammar Houry, giving 10,000 L.L. to a woman, after a demonstration against the extension of terms for members of the parliament happened in the same area, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussien Baydoun / Alaraby Aljadeed)

Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri, surprised a young woman with a “marriage proposal” in a ceremony televised live, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri, surprised a young woman with a “marriage proposal” in a ceremony televised live, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail)

A student’s graduation cap, "My success can only come from Allah", as she attends her graduation ceremony of AUB, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla)

A student’s graduation cap, “My success can only come from Allah”, as she attends her graduation ceremony of AUB, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla)

A sculpture depicting a shoe during a march to celebrate Resistance and Liberation Day in Saida, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A sculpture depicting a shoe during a march to celebrate Resistance and Liberation Day in Saida, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Lebanese groom and bride water skiing off the bay of Jounieh, north of Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Lebanese groom and bride water skiing off the bay of Jounieh, north of Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

A nun jogs in Byblos near its famous Citadel, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A nun jogs in Byblos near its famous Citadel, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Activists on wheel chairs protest at downtown Beirut, to press for parliamentary elections on time  (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Activists on wheel chairs protest at downtown Beirut, to press for parliamentary elections on time (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

President Michel Aoun watch a demonstration match from the delegation of the Lebanese Union for Tai Boxing, in Baabda, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)

President Michel Aoun watch a demonstration match from the delegation of the Lebanese Union for Tai Boxing, in Baabda, Lebanon. (Dalati Nohra)

A ship named “Nabil J” went aground along the promenade and transformed into a landmark for the people passing through Saida, Lebanon.

A ship named “Nabil J” went aground along the promenade and transformed into a landmark for the people passing through Saida, Lebanon.

Wounded Hezbollah fighters listen to a speech by Hassan Nasrallah via a video link, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Wounded Hezbollah fighters listen to a speech by Hassan Nasrallah via a video link, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Lebanon's Baabda Palace marked Earth Hour by turning off the lights on the palace's grounds for one hour. (Dalati Nohra)

Lebanon’s Baabda Palace marked Earth Hour by turning off the lights on the palace’s grounds for one hour. (Dalati Nohra)

White wedding dresses displayed as a desecrated symbol by “ABAAD”, to protest against article 522 in the penal code, in Beirut. (Hussein Malla / AP)

White wedding dresses displayed as a desecrated symbol by “ABAAD”, to protest against article 522 in the penal code, in Beirut. (Hussein Malla / AP)

A girl suffering from hemophilia reacts after being hugged by President Michel Aoun, in Baabda palace. (Dalati Nohra)

A girl suffering from hemophilia reacts after being hugged by President Michel Aoun, in Baabda palace. (Dalati Nohra)

Hezbollah Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan reacts after being asked to pose for a photo during the “regaining the trust” economic forum in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Hezbollah Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan reacts after being asked to pose for a photo during the “regaining the trust” economic forum in Beirut. (Nabil Ismail)

Fatah militants during a fire exchange at the Ain-el-Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

Fatah militants during a fire exchange at the Ain-el-Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

A “warm handshake” between syrian Ambassador to Beirut and the Lebanese Mufti caused a stir of comments on social media.

A “warm handshake” between syrian Ambassador to Beirut and the Lebanese Mufti caused a stir of comments on social media.

Boys sift through garbage near a makeshift settlement for Syrian refugees in Bar Elias. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Boys sift through garbage near a makeshift settlement for Syrian refugees in Bar Elias. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)

Um Haydar moving around the suburbs of Beirut on her motorcycle. (Khalil Hassan / Almodon)

Um Haydar moving around the suburbs of Beirut on her motorcycle. (Khalil Hassan / Almodon)

The complex of temples at Baalbek to undergoing maintenance which will be lasted about one year. (Li Liangyong / Xinhua)

The complex of temples at Baalbek to undergoing maintenance which will be lasted about one year. (Li Liangyong / Xinhua)

Ali Hamam (up) in action against Hong Kong's player during the AFC football match in Beirut. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

Ali Hamam (up) in action against Hong Kong’s player during the AFC football match in Beirut. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

The longest shawarma sandwich 121m was rolled in the town of Abassieh, near Tyre. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)

The longest shawarma sandwich 121m was rolled in the town of Abassieh, near Tyre. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)

Protesters ask clerics to increase the age at which custody of children for divorced Shiite Muslim couples can be awarded to the mother, in front of Supreme Shiite Council, in Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

Protesters ask clerics to increase the age at which custody of children for divorced Shiite Muslim couples can be awarded to the mother, in front of Supreme Shiite Council, in Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

A demonstrator with a photo of the government written on it "Thieves of Lebanon", in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

A demonstrator with a photo of the government written on it “Thieves of Lebanon”, in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Bodyguards protect Saad Hariri, from a water bottle thrown by demonstrators in downtown Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

Bodyguards protect Saad Hariri, from a water bottle thrown by demonstrators in downtown Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)

People dressed up in black paint and masks as They take part in the annual festival Zambo in Tripoli. (Khalid W / Xinhua)

People dressed up in black paint and masks as They take part in the annual festival Zambo in Tripoli. (Khalid W / Xinhua)

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refusing to wear a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refusing to wear a headscarf ahead of her meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, in Beirut. (Ratib Al Safadi / Anadolu Agency)

'No for extension', and 'to hell with the 60' during a demonstration to protest against the current elections law in front of the Lebanese Parliament. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

‘No for extension’, and ‘to hell with the 60’ during a demonstration to protest against the current elections law in front of the Lebanese Parliament. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

A couple takes a selfie in front of decorations ahead of Valentine's Day in down town Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A couple takes a selfie in front of decorations ahead of Valentine’s Day in down town Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Workers remove broken glass from the headquarters of al-Jadeed TV, after demonstrators attacked the channel's headquarters. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Workers remove broken glass from the headquarters of al-Jadeed TV, after demonstrators attacked the channel’s headquarters. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Father Hani Taouk leading a mass on the ski slopes of the Cedars mountains as he celebrates the Feast of Saint Maron. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Father Hani Taouk leading a mass on the ski slopes of the Cedars mountains as he celebrates the Feast of Saint Maron. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Walid Joumblatt walks with his dog Oscar at his house in Beirut's Clemenceau street. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Walid Joumblatt walks with his dog Oscar at his house in Beirut’s Clemenceau street. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

A woman wearing piercings, smokes a cigarette in Sidon, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A woman wearing piercings, smokes a cigarette in Sidon, Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Minister of defence Yaacoub Sarraf feeding a soldier during his today visit to the town of Arsal. (Lebanese army)

Minister of defence Yaacoub Sarraf feeding a soldier during his today visit to the town of Arsal. (Lebanese army)

Security forces near the coffee shop at Hamra street where a suicide bomber was arrested before being able to detonate it. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Security forces near the coffee shop at Hamra street where a suicide bomber was arrested before being able to detonate it. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)

Hezbollah MP Mohamad Raad giving a speech during a tribute ceremony to the late president of Cuba Fidel Castro, in Beirut. (Haytham Mousawi / Al-akhbar)

Hezbollah MP Mohamad Raad giving a speech during a tribute ceremony to the late president of Cuba Fidel Castro, in Beirut. (Haytham Mousawi / Al-akhbar)

A man sunbathes at a beach in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A man sunbathes at a beach in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Men sunbathe by the Mediterranean sea, as snow is seen on the background covering the mountains, in Beirut, Lebanon (Hussein Malla / AP)

Men sunbathe by the Mediterranean sea, as snow is seen on the background covering the mountains, in Beirut, Lebanon (Hussein Malla / AP)

The sister of Elias Wardini, who was killed in Reina attack, reaches out to touch his coffin during his funeral in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

The sister of Elias Wardini, who was killed in Reina attack, reaches out to touch his coffin during his funeral in Beirut. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)

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