Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 17

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BAGHDAD -- Three Katyusha rockets fired on Tuesday at the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

The incident took place in the night when unknown militants fired the rockets at the zone, which houses some of the main Iraqi government offices and the U.S. embassy, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Rockets)

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AMMAN -- A royal decree was issued in Jordan on Tuesday imposing the defense law to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

The defense law gives authorities the power to impose curfews, ban gatherings and inspect anyone as parts of the country's efforts to combat the coronavirus. (Jordan-COVID-19)

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CAIRO -- Egypt announced on Tuesday two more deaths from COVID-19 and 30 new cases of infection, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 196.

"All the new cases are Egyptians who have been in direct contact with already announced infected cases," spokesman for Egyptian Health Ministry Khaled Mujahid said in a statement. (Egypt-Coronavirus-New Deaths)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday a significant increase in the daily number of tests for diagnosing coronavirus.

So far, only a few hundred tests have been made per day in Israel, reaching a maximum of about 1,000 per day, according to the Ministry of Health. (Israel-Virus Test) Enditem

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