Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 24

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RIYADH -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud received on Friday the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey in Jeddah.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed the latest regional developments and the efforts exerted towards them. (Saudi-U.S.)

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GAZA -- Islamic Hamas Movement on Friday called on the Palestinians to boycott a U.S.-sponsored economic conference that will be held in Bahrain on June 25.

"Our people are unified to boycott the conference in Manama and act against the Deal of the Century and the projects of liquidizing the Palestinian cause," Khalil al-Hayya, deputy chief of Hamas, told reporters. (Gaza-Hamas)

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ADEN, Yemen -- A total of five pro-government security officers were killed in fighting with the Houthi rebels in the Yemeni southern province of al-Dhalea on Friday, a government official told Xinhua.

Fierce fighting took place between the government forces and the Houthi rebels in Hajar area in the western parts of al-Dhalea, leaving five officers of the newly-recruited security forces killed, the official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Fighting)

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TRIPOLI -- Libya's east-based army on Friday released two Libyan journalists arrested three weeks ago in the capital Tripoli.

Al-Sed Al-Garaj, father of one of the two journalists, told Xinhua that they were in good health and arrived in Zintan city, some 180 km southwest of Tripoli. (Libya-Journalists-Release) Enditem

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