Gaza burning: Palestinians run for cover from tear gas during attacks by Israeli occupation forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 14. Palestinians protested against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Occupied Jerusalem. Image Credit: AFP

2018 proved to be another tumultuous year in the Middle East.

But the ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seemed to be winding down after exacting a painful price.

Israeli intransigence peaked after the US decision to move its embassy to Occupied Jerusalem; the regime killed hundreds in Gaza.

Iran continued with its destabilisation tactics even as sanctions hit ordinary people. Lebanon’s political paralysis looked set to continue.