Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 9

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli aircraft struck Friday overnight several military targets of Hamas in the Gaza Strip hours after a projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said early Saturday in a statement that "several military targets" in a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip and "underground structures" in the northern Gaza Strip were struck. (Israel-Gaza)

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BAGHDAD -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Saturday ahead of an official visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Iraqi official news agency reported.

Rouhani is expected to visit Iraq on Monday to meet Iraqi top officials, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) said in a brief statement. (Iraq-Iran-Visit)

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RABAT -- Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 23.6 billion U.S. dollars by the end of February, a year-on-year decrease of 2.6 percent, the Central Bank said Saturday.

According to the bank's statistics, the reserves dropped by 1.5 percent compared to the end of the 2018. (Morocco-Forex Reserves)

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DAMASCUS -- A total of 63,500 refugees, most of whom are the Islamic State (IS) militants and their families fleeing the last IS-held areas in eastern Syria, are living in the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, a war monitor reported Saturday.

The refugees are mostly non-Syrians either from Iraq or Europe, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Reguees-IS) Enditem

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