Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 14

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TEHRAN -- Iran's ambassador to Britain urged London to release the Iranian oil tanker that it seized last week or waits for a response from Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Hamid Baeidinejad said that Britain has breached marine regulations by its "illegal act and piracy." (Iran-Britain-Oil tanker)

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RAMALLAH -- Secretary General of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat on Sunday accused the United States of destroying any hope for peace in the Middle East, according to his official twitter account and media sources.

Erekat said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are committed to international law and international legitimacy in their demand to establish a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders. (Palestine-Israel)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday by purchasing the Russian-made S-400 air defense system Turkey is trying to guarantee peace and its national security, local media reported.

"By getting the S-400 missiles Turkey is not getting ready for war," the state-run Anadolu agency quoted Erdogan as saying in a meeting with media representatives in Istanbul. (Istanbul-Russia)

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DAMASCUS -- At least six civilians were killed and eight others wounded on Sunday by rebels' mortar fire that targeted Aleppo city in northern Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The mortar shells were fired on residential areas in Aleppo, SANA said. (Syria-Mortar Fire-Aleppo) Enditem

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