Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 1

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 154,445 on Monday after an overnight registration of 2,979 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.

During his daily briefing, Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the health ministry, said, "Out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 652 were hospitalized." (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA -- Turkish health minister on Monday confirmed 827 new COVID-19 cases for the past 24 hours, and 23 more fatalities.

Turkey's total confirmed cases stood at 164,769 and the death toll hit 4,563, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said at Twitter. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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KHARTOUM -- A visiting Chinese medical team on Monday met with members of Sudan's Higher Committee for Health Emergencies to exchange experiences in combating COVID-19.

"The Chinese medical delegation made field visits to get acquainted with the health conditions and the challenges facing the country with regard to fighting COVID-19," Hiba Ahmed, member of the higher committee, said in a statement. (Sudan-China-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD -- Two soldiers and two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Monday in an airstrike and a bomb attack in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh and Diyala, Iraqi military said.

In one of the attacks, two Iraqi soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on their vehicle during an operation to hunt down IS militants near a mountain outside the town of Makhmour, some 100 km southeast of Nineveh's provincial capital Mosul, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement. (Iraq-IS-Killing) Enditem

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