Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 26

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's two main parties announced Saturday that their leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, will meet on Sunday in a bid to form a unity government.

The centrist Blue and White party and the right-wing party of the Likud, Israel's ruling party, released a joint statement saying the two leaders will meet on Sunday afternoon in the defense ministry in Tel Aviv for a negotiation meeting. (Israel-Unity Government)

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RABAT -- Morocco and Britain have signed on Saturday a post-Brexit bilateral trade agreement in London, said Moroccan official news agency MAP.

The agreement, signed by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nacer Bourita and British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison, restores all the advantages under the terms of Morocco-European Union association agreement. (Morocco-UK-Trade Agreement)

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DAMASCUS -- Over 2,000 Syrian soldiers were deployed Saturday on a key road connecting the northeastern province of Hasakah with northern Aleppo province, the largest deployment since the army left the area five years ago, a war monitor reported.

The Syrian military units, which were deployed on the highway, were accompanied by Russian forces, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Soldiers Deployment)

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ADEN -- An explosion caused by a landmine laid previously by the Houthi rebels in the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah injured three farmers on Saturday, a government official told Xinhua.

"The Houthi-laid landmine exploded in an agricultural area in Tuhyata district of Hodeidah, partially destroying a tractor and injuring three farmers," the government source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Explosion) Enditem

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