Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 4

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ANKARA -- The Turkish defense industry chief said on Thursday that the delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense systems to Turkey will start next week.

"I will not tell the exact date now, but you will see in the second week of July," Ismail Demir, president of Turkish Defense Industries, was quoted by private broadcaster NTV as saying. (Turkey-Russian S-400-Delivery)

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SANAA -- The Yemeni government said a ballistic missile hit the residence of Marib governor on Thursday, blaming Houthi rebels for the attack, state Saba news agency reported.

Governor Sultan al-Aradah was unhurt in the attack and there were no other casualties, it reported, citing an unnamed security source in the government-held Marib province. (Yemen-Houthi)

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ANKARA -- The Turkey-Russia-Iran trilateral summit on Syria will be held in August in the capital Ankara, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday.

The situation in Syria, including the transitional political process and the return of refugees, will be discussed comprehensively in the summit, Kalin told reporters, without giving the exact date. (Turkey-Trilateral Summit-Syria)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudanese authorities on Thursday released 235 prisoners of a rebel movement in Darfur region who have been held for more than three years.

"We thank the African-Ethiopian mediation which prepared the atmosphere for this event," said Jamal Omer, head of the security committee in Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), when addressing a ceremony on the occasion of releasing the prisoners. (Sudan-Rebel) Enditem

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