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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 5

06 Aug 2020, 08:18 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- The explosions in Lebanese capital Beirut have caused at least 100 deaths and left over 4,000 injured, with many more missing, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan announced on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defense teams are still looking for survivors through the rubble. (Lebanon-Explosion)

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BAGHDAD -- A Katyusha rocket landed on Wednesday in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central the Iraqi capital Baghdad without causing casualties, an Interior Ministry source said.

The attack took place before dawn when a rocket landed in the zone, which houses some of the main Iraqi government offices and the U.S. embassy, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Baghdad-Rocket)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Wednesday called on the international community to impose sanctions on Israel to stop its "violations in the Palestinian territories."

"Palestine condemns the Israeli ... expansion and colonial measures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, especially its land confiscation and demolition of Palestinians' homes," the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement sent to Xinhua. (Palestine-Israel-Int'l Sanctions)

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TEHRAN -- Iran and Ukraine senior diplomats held a phone talk Wednesday on the follow-up of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight shot down near Tehran earlier this year, official IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin exchanged views on the visit to Kiev by an Iranian negotiation team last week, the report said. (Iran-Ukrain)

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