Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 26

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JERUSALEM -- Israel early on Tuesday morning closed its international airport to all flights as a one-week measure to stop the arrival of new coronavirus strains came in effect.

The international Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv will remain closed until Jan. 31, when the ban is expected to be lifted, the Airport Authority said in a statement. (Israel-COVID19-Flights Halt)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon on Tuesday registered the highest 73 daily deaths from COVID-19, raising the total death toll to 2,447, the Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, the total coronavirus infections increased by 3,505 to 285,754, the Ministry added. (Lebanon-COVID19-Deaths)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli military chief Aviv Kochavi on Tuesday warned the United States against rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, arguing that it might enable Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

Speaking in an online conference held by the Institute for National Security Studies, an Israeli security think tank, Kochavi said that a return to the deal will be "bad operationally and bad strategically." (Israel-US-Iran Nuke Deal)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel said on Tuesday that an Israeli ministerial delegation arrived quietly in Sudan's capital Khartoum, marking the first official Israeli visit to the Arab country in North Africa.

The delegation included Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, who headed the delegation, and head of Israel's National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat and other security officials, the intelligence ministry said in a statement. (Israel-Sudan-Visit) Enditem

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