The US amphibious assault ship USS Ponce sails through the Suez Canal at Ismailia, Egypt, on March 2. Egyptian officials say two US warships entered the Suez Canal on their way to the Mediterranean, moving closer to the Libyan coast after orders from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. AP
The US amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge sails through the Suez canal at Ismailia, Egypt, on March 2. AP
US Navy ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group are seen under way in close formation in the Red Sea in this Feb. 16 photo provided by the US Navy. The US is moving warships and aircraft into the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, according to US officials. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/US Navy/Reuters
An F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet lands on the deck of the US Navy's USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf in 2007. The USS Enterprise is one of the warships and aircraft being moved into the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, according to US officials. Hamad I. Mohammed/Reuters/File
The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS York sails in the Persian Gulf in 2003. The York left Malta on March 1 and is heading towards Benghazi with foreign aid, according to British media. John Schults/Reuters/File
The British Royal Navy frigate HMS Cumberland enters Valletta harbor, Malta, before docking on Feb. 28 after returning from Benghazi, Libya, where it rescued some 200 civilians in its second emergency mission. As tens of thousands of foreigners sought to flee fighting in Libya, European countries scrambled to send more ships and military planes. Lino Arrigo Azzopardi/AP
A British Royal Air Force C-130 is seen on the tarmac at Gudja International airport, Malta, on Feb. 26. British military planes entered Libyan air space in a daring rescue of more than 150 civilians from desert locations, officials said. Gregorio Borgia/AP
Turkish Navy personnel carrier TCG Iskenderun, carrying civilians as part of Turkey's efforts to evacuate its citizens from Libya, is escorted by TCG Yavuz frigate as it sets sail in the Mediterranean Sea on the way to the port of Marmaris in this undated handout photo. Turkish Military/Reuters
Turkish Navy personnel carrier TCG Iskenderun evacuates Turkish civilians from Libya in this undated handout photo. Turkish Military/Reuters
A Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Il-76 MD transport aircraft lands in Khartoum, Sudan, on March 1. China sent four military transporters on Feb. 28 to bring home its nationals from Libya, according to the information office of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. Stringer/Reuters
German Navy ship Rheinland Pfalz arrives at the harbor in Valletta, Malta, on Feb. 25. European countries have been rushing to send ships and military planes to rescue their people from the unrest in Libya. Gregorio Borgia/AP
Amid fear that Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military sealed civilians in the Rafah area and began shelling on Aug. 1, 2014. The Israeli military confirmed that Rafah residents were barred from leaving the area, but declined comment on the war crime allegations.
ByKarin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press
The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days.