Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 27

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DAMASCUS -- The embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Syrian capital Damascus will reopen Thursday for the first time in seven years.

The Syrian Information Ministry has sent invitation for journalists to cover the opening ceremony on Thursday afternoon. (Syria-UAE)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's army said Thursday it had destroyed "attack tunnels" crossing from a Lebanese village into Israeli territory, sealing it with cement that has flooded some areas in the village.

The tunnels stretch from the village of Kafr Kela in southern Lebanon to near the town of Metula in northern Israel, the head of the International Media Branch at the army's Spokesperson Unit, Jonathan Conricus, said in a brief to foreign reporters. (Israel-Lebanon-Tunnels)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian private Sham Wings Airlines made its debut flight to Tunisia on Thursday, marking the first trip between both countries in years, according to the state news agency SANA.

The flight between the international airport of Damascus and the Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in Tunisia reached its destination on Thursday afternoon with 150 Syrian passengers onboard, according to the report. (Syria-Tunisia-First Flight)

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TRIPOLI -- Chadian opposition militants on Thursday launched an attack on a camp of the eastern-based Libyan army forces in southern Libya, killing and injuring several soldiers.

The attack took place in Traghen town in southern Libya, which is located some 780 km south of the capital Tripoli. (Libya-Chad)

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