Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 27

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported 2,456 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 220,180 on Saturday, according to official IRNA news agency.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Saturday that out of the new cases overnight, 1,139 have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ISTANBUL -- Some 2.4 million Turkish high school graduates took the university entrance exam on Saturday amid a national lockdown against COVID-19.

A partial curfew was imposed for this weekend to limit the social interaction on streets over the concerns of the spread of coronavirus. (Turkey-University Exam-Lockdown)

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DAMASCUS -- Two explosions hit Kurdish-controlled areas in the northern province of Raqqa overnight, a war monitor reported on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an explosive device went off in the eastern part of Raqqa, near a position of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition. (Syria-Explosion-Kurdish)

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RAMALLAH -- A senior Palestinian official said on Saturday that making peace needs an immediate end of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Hussein al-Sheikh, Palestinian minister of civil affairs, made the remarks in response to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz's proposal to start peace talks with the Palestinians on the basis of U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. (Palestine-Israel-Peace) Enditem

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