Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 24

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DAMASCUS -- Hundreds of people abducted by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group were reported to have been executed following the announced defeat of the terror-designated group in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported Sunday.

The claims were made by IS militants who fell in the hands of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-IS-Abductees)

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DAMASCUS -- Six suicide bombers with the Islamic State (IS) group detonated their explosives while being hunted down from a rival rebel group in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, a war monitor reported on Sunday.

The bombers were hunted down by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) group after escaping the Idlib central prison, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (Syria-Suicide Bombers)

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JERUSALEM/GAZA -- Israel's army fired artillery at a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night amidst clashes along the fence between the besieged enclave and Israel.

The tank fire came after "balloons with explosives attached were launched from Gaza into Israel and explosive devices were hurled during the violent riots near Israel's border fence," an army spokesperson said in a statement. (Israel-Palestinians)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia plans to enroll teachers in a one-year program to teach the Chinese language to local students, Arab News reported on Saturday.

The program was revealed by Saudi Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh during the "Teaching Chinese Language in Education" workshop held this week in Riyadh. (Saudi-Chinese-Teaching) Enditem

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