Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 14

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TEHRAN -- Iran recorded on Tuesday 2,521 new coronavirus cases and 179 deaths within the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

The total infection number and death toll rose to 262,173 and 13,211 respectively since the outbreak of disease in the country in February, said Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for the health ministry, during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19)

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TUNIS -- Tunisia said on Tuesday that 1,200 passengers arriving by a French ship from the port of Marseille will be placed in quarantine after eight cases of COVID-19 infection were found among its crew.

The Tunisian authorities had to take precautionary measures, including refusing to unload passengers from the ship at the port of La Goulette until necessary places are found to put them in mandatory confinement, Nissaf Ben Alaya, director general of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases, was quoted by Tunis Afrique Presse as saying. (Tunisia-COVID-19)

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CAIRO -- A dozen of people were injured on Tuesday in a crude oil pipeline fire in the Egyptian capital Cairo, Egyptian Health Ministry said.

No fatalities have been reported, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the injured were admitted to the Al-Salam hospital in Cairo. (Egypt-Pipeline Fire)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Health Ministry on Tuesday said that 2,022 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total infections in the country to 81,757.

The ministry also reported 95 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 3,345. (Iraq-COVID-19) Enditem

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