Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 15

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye headed a high-level Palestinian delegation of ministers and businessmen to Iraq on Monday to discuss oil import with Iraqi officials, a Palestinian official said.

"The history between Palestine and Iraq allows new horizons of joint cooperation between the two countries within the framework of the government's strategic vision of gradual disengagement from Israel, especially in the economic side," the Palestinian government spokesman, Ibrahim Melhem, told the official Voice of Palestine radio. (Gaza-Iraq)

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RAMALLAH -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Monday slammed Lebanese government's measures which could prevent Palestinian refugees from working in the country.

In an emailed press statement, Tayseer Khaled, executive committee member of the PLO, accused the Lebanese authority of targeting Palestinians in particular, under the pretext of fighting back unregistered immigrant workers, because it is ignoring their legal status as refugees in Lebanon. (PLO-Lebanon-Refugees)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched large-scale drone attacks at King Khaled Air Base in southern Saudi Arabia on Monday, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

The attacks came just an hour after two-day UN-sponsored peace talks between the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed exiled government. (Yemen-Houthi Attack)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday underlined his country's support to Iran against the U.S. threats.

Assad renewed such stance of his government during his meeting with Hossein Amir Abdollahian, visiting assistant speaker for international affairs of Iran's Shura Council, according to the Syrian Presidency Media Office. (Syria-Iran-US Threats) Enditem

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