Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 5

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's cabinet voted on Tuesday in favor of imposing a full nationwide lockdown, shuttering schools and most businesses.

The tightened lockdown is planned to be imposed for 14 days, starting overnight between Thursday and Friday, a government spokesman told Xinhua. (Israel-COVID19-Lockdown)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Tuesday hailed end of the Gulf crisis with Qatar as a "new chapter" for the Gulf's security and stability.

The Al-Ula Declaration signed on Tuesday at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, held in the Saudi city Al-Ula, ended the dispute of the Saudi-led Arab camp with Qatar, the Saudi top diplomat was quoted by Al Arabiya TV as saying. (Saudi-Qatar-Peace)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's army said on Tuesday that an Israeli security officer shot and killed a Palestinian suspect who attempted to carry out a knife attack in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The incident took place at the Gush Etzion Junction, southwest of the city of Bethlehem. (Israel-Palestine-Shooting)

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TEHRAN -- Iran will produce up to 9 kg of enriched uranium with the purity of 20 percent per month, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced on Tuesday.

"At present, we produce 17 to 20 grams of 20 percent (enriched) uranium every hour. We have a production capacity of 8 to 9 kilograms per month to reach the 120 kilograms limit provided by law," Salehi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. (Iran-Nuke-Enriched Uranium) Enditem

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