Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 8

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GAZA -- At least five Palestinians were shot and injured on Friday afternoon by Israeli soldiers' gunfire during clashes in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said in a text message that among the five injured Palestinians, one is in critical condition. (Gaza-Israel)

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BAGHDAD -- At least one civilian was killed and seven others were injured Friday in a car bomb explosion in Mosul, the capital of Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, sources said.

The incident took place when a booby-trapped car exploded near a local restaurant in al-Muthana neighborhood in the eastern side of Mosul city, some 400 km north of Baghdad, Hussam Ebrahim, from Mosul police command, told Xinhua. (Iraq-Attack)

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DAMASCUS -- Around 70 women took part in a biking event held Friday in the capital Damascus to mark the International Women's Day.

Of different ages, women took part in the Yallah Let's Bike, or Come on Let's Bike, an activity held in Damascus to mark the Women's Day and give a space for Syrian women to celebrate their day. (Syria-Women)

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TUNIS -- Tunisian navy arrested 64 illegal immigrants, including four women, off Zarzis coast in southeastern Tunisia after their vessel broke down, the Tunisian Red Crescent (CRT) of Medenine province said Friday.

"The illegal immigrants came from Libya. They tried to cross the Mediterranean toward the Italian coast," said Mongi Slim, head of the provincial CRT. (Tunisia-Immigrants) Enditem

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