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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 1

02 Aug 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

CAIRO -- The Egyptian army said on Sunday that it recently killed 89 highly dangerous extremists in the northeastern province of North Sinai.

The military also detected and destroyed 404 improvised explosive devices and four explosive belts, seized 73 machine guns and destroyed 52 vehicles used by the extremist militants "in carrying out their terrorist operations," the Egyptian army said in a statement, without identifying the exact period of the recent raids. (Egypt-Extremist-Killing)


TEHRAN -- Iran on Sunday reported 32,511 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country's total infections to 3,903,519.

The pandemic has so far claimed 90,996 lives in Iran, up by 366 in the past 24 hours, the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said. (Iran-COVID19-Case)


JERUSALEM -- Israel launched on Sunday a campaign to give the third booster doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to people aged over 60 who received the second shot at least five months ago.

Israel's four state-mandated health service funds reported a high attendance rate on the first day of the rollout. Some 38,000 people were vaccinated on the first day and additional 219,000 people made an appointment to receive the jab in the next few days, the funds said. (Israel-COVID19-Vaccine)


GAZA -- Residents of the Gaza Strip said Israel had eased some restrictions on the blockaded enclave by expanding the allowed fishing zone and granting entry access to some imported goods.

In the early morning of Sunday, dozens of Gazan fishermen gathered to sell various kinds of fish caught a night earlier, saying the expansion of the allowed fishing zone enabled them to fish more. (Palestine-Gaza-Restriction)

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