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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 5

06 Jul 2020, 08:18 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 240,438 on Sunday after an overnight registration of 2,560 new infections, state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,295 have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in southern Israel on Sunday evening, the military said.

The fire triggered sirens in several communities near the Gaza Strip, a military spokesperson said in a statement. (Israel-Gaza-Rockets)

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DAMASCUS -- The Islamic State (IS) group has intensified attacks against the Syrian government forces in the eastern desert region, a war monitor reported on Sunday.

Over the past 72 hours, 20 Syrian soldiers were killed and 25 others went missing as a result of the IS attack in the desert of the Sukhneh town in eastern Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-IS-Attacks)

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ANKARA -- Turkey's COVID-19 cases increased by 1,148 on Sunday, raising the total number in the country to 205,758, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Meanwhile, 19 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,225, while 1,188 more patients recovered, raising the total recoveries to 180,680, the minister tweeted. (Turkey-COVID19)

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