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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 10

Xinhua
11 May 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused on Monday Hamas of "crossing a red line" after dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza at the Jerusalem area, vowing a harsh response.

"Israel will respond with great force," Netanyahu said in a public speech for Jerusalem Day that marks the controversial Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the 1967 Middle East war. (Israel-Gaza Attack)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 75,261, after 351 new deaths were registered in the last 24 hours, the Iranian health ministry said Monday.

Meanwhile, 18,408 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, raising the country's total infections to 2,673,219, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education said in a written briefing published on its official website. (Iran-COVID19)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will pay a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia starting from Monday for bilateral ties and regional issues, the ministry announced in a statement.

Cavusoglu will meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud during the visit, according to the ministry. (Turkey-Saudi Arabia-Visit)

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DAMASCUS -- The head of the Higher Constitutional Court Jihad al-Laham announced Monday that the approved presidential candidates can start their election campaigns as of May 16.

Speaking to reporters, al-Laham said the campaigns will start on May 16 until May 24. (Syria-Election-Campaign)

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