Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 21

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Monday accused the U.S. administration of preventing Arab states from supporting the Palestinian Authority to force it to barter its national rights for money.

During the weekly meeting of the PA cabinet, Ishtaye said that "U.S. President Donald Trump cut off aid to us and prevented some Arab states from fulfilling their obligations towards us to besiege the leadership and the Palestinian people politically, economically and financially." (Palestine-U.S.)

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TEHRAN -- The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force said on Monday that Iran is ready to export arms as soon as a UN embargo is terminated next month, Tasnim news agency reported.

The exports of Iranian military equipment would be facilitated after the termination of the arms embargo, said Amir Ali Hajizadeh. (Iran-Arm Sales-UN Embargo)

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ANKARA -- The agreements between Turkey and Libya's internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) will remain in place despite the desire of the GNA head to resign, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Monday.

"These agreements will not be affected by this political process, because these are decisions of the government, not the decisions of the individuals," Kalin told Demiroren News Agency in an interview. (Turkey-Libya-Resignation)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Ministry of Health declared a state of emergency in all hospitals on Monday after the recent abnormal rise in COVID-19 morbidity and overload of the wards.

In a letter to hospital chiefs, a copy of which was seen by Xinhua, Hezi Levi, director-general of the ministry, warned that the Israeli health system is expected to hit capacity limit within weeks or even days. (Israel-Coronavirus-Emergency) Enditem

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