Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 6

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, Press TV reported.

"Our slogan is a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, and we have been standing firm on this position for 40 years," Rouhani was quoted as saying. (Iran-Mideast-Nuke)

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JERUSALEM -- The U.S. army has decided to purchase Israel's Iron Dome air defense system, citing "an immediate need," the Israeli Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

According to a ministry statement, the number of the short-range missile defense systems to be bought by the United States is unspecified. (Israel-US-Iron Dome)

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese authorities on Wednesday announced the official lifting of the ban on Egyptian commodities, Sudanese Media Center reported.

"Any person who has a trade registry can import commodities and goods from Egypt," Abdul-Rahman Agab Ahmed, under-secretary of Sudan's Ministry of Industry and Trade, was quoted as saying. (Sudan-Egypt-Import Ban)

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JERUSALEM/GAZA -- The Israeli army fired artillery shells at a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night after a rocket fired from the besieged enclave hit southern Israel.

"An IDF (Israel Defense Forces) tank targeted a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip," an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement. (Israel-Gaza-Shelling) Enditem

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