Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 10

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TUNIS -- Tunisian jihadist group "Okba Ibn Nafaa", part of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, on Monday claimed the attack on a patrol of National Guard, killing nine people and injured three others, in northwestern Tunisia.

"Okba Ibn Nafaa" is pursued by Tunisian security forces for several years in northwestern Tunisia. (Tunisia-Attack)

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GAZA -- A Palestinian boat set off on Tuesday from Gaza City's seaport to Cyprus in an attempt to defy Israel's 11-year sea and ground blockade imposed on the Hamas-ruled territory.

The boat, which carried 10 people, including seven patients and three crew members, sailed off through the Mediterranean, where Israel bans the Palestinians from sailing beyond six nautical miles. (Israel-Gaza)

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JERUSALEM -- An Israeli non-profit organization said on Tuesday that an Israeli spacecraft is scheduled to land on the moon for the first time at the beginning of 2019.

The spacecraft will be launched this December, as a payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the U.S., before landing on the moon two months later, SpaceIL said in a statement. (Israel-Moon Landing)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels said Tuesday they fired a ballistic missile at Jizan Economic City in Saudi southwestern province of Jizan, the Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported.

"The long-range ballistic missile, Badr 1, hit the Saudi economic city," the report said, citing a Houthi statement. (Yemen-Houthis-Missile-Saudi Arabia) Enditem

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