Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 11

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RIYADH -- Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco announced Wednesday it will raise its maximum sustainable capacity (MSC) to 13 million barrels per day.

Aramco's President and CEO Amin H. Nasser said in a statement released on the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday that the company has been directed by the Ministry of Energy to raise the MSC from 12 to 13 million barrels per day. (Saudi Aramco-Oil Production)

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TEHRAN -- At least 354 people have died from novel coronavirus infection as of Wednesday, Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced.

A total of 9,000 people have been affected by the disease, of whom 2,959 have recovered, official IRNA news agency quoted Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the ministry, as saying. (Iran-COVID-19)

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DOHA -- Qatar on Wednesday announced that 238 new cases of the novel coronavirus were registered, according to the state-run Qatar News Agency.

All the new cases detected had interacted with people previously identified as infected, the QNA reported. (Qatar-Coronavirus)

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DAMASCUS -- An airstrike targeted an area in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Wednesday evening, state news agency SANA reported.

The airstrike targeted an area southeast of the city of al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, said the report with no further details. (Syria-Airstrike) Enditem

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