Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 23

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ANKARA -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed to 155,686 on Saturday, with 1,186 new daily cases registered, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll surged to 4,308 after 32 new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the minister tweeted. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's touristic sites, including museums and historical sites, will reopen on Sunday after nearly three months of closure over the COVID-19 pandemic, Press TV reported.

The announcement was made by President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday at a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus. (Iran-COVID19-Reopening)

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SANAA -- At least nine fighters were killed as the Yemeni government army defeated an overnight attack by the Houthi rebels to the northeast of the rebel-held capital Sanaa, a government security source said Saturday.

The Houthi attack late Friday night targeted positions of the government forces in the area of Najd al-Atak and the mountain of Salb in Nehm district, about 60 km northeast of Sanaa. (Yemen-Houthi Attack-Sanna)

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DAMASCUS -- At least seven Syrian rebels were killed on Saturday in battles in Libya, a Syrian war monitor reported.

The rebels were killed on several battlefields in Libya, as many more have been captivated, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Killing-Rebels) Enditem

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