Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 11

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DAMASCUS -- The U.S. forces conducted the first withdrawal from northeastern Syria, 23 days after the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw forces from Syria, a war monitor reported on Friday.

The U.S. forces started the first withdrawal operation from Syria on Thursday evening from Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-US-Withdrawal)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched a drone attack on a Saudi military base in the kingdom's border city of Asir on Friday.

Houthi al-Masirah TV said the attack targeted "the Saudi military leadership and a gathering of Saudi troops," without providing further details. (Yemen-Houthi Attack-Saudi Base)

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ADEN, Yemen -- A Huge fire broke out on Friday evening at the state-owned oil refinery company in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, causing no casualties, a local official told Xinhua.

"A huge fire erupted just minutes following an explosion that targeted one of the company's oil tanks," the official, also a worker of the refinery, said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Aden-Fire)

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MANAMA -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday as part of his ongoing anti-Iran tour to the Middle East.

In his meeting with Bahraini King Hamad, Pompeo highlighted the development of cooperation at all levels, especially in the political, economic and defense areas. (Bahrain-Pompeo-Iran) Enditem

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