Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 12

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis sailed to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to resume its activities, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced on Monday.

Donmez said on his Twitter account that the vessel raised the anchor to "take the X-ray of the Mediterranean" following the completion of its maintenance works. (Turkey-Seismic Vessel-Mediterranean)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan talked over the phone and agreed to meet "soon," the Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement on Monday.

The two leaders spoke on the phone over the weekend, in their first conversation since the signing of the normalization deal between their countries, the statement said. (Israel-UAE-Meeting)

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported on Monday 272 deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, making the highest daily death toll from coronavirus in the country.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing 504,281 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed so far in Iran, after the registration of 4,206 infections in the past 24 hours, official news agency IRNA reported. (Iran-COVID19-Deaths)

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GAZA -- A Palestinian charity signed on Monday a deal with the Gaza Health Ministry to supply and install China-funded solar energy panels for a children's hospital in Gaza city.

"This project will provide 90 percent of the hospital's electricity in all its departments, with a capacity of 30 megawatts," said Maamoun Abu Shahla, chairman of the charity Give Palestine Association. (Gaza-China's Solar Panels-Children's Hospital) Enditem

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