Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 31

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's military chief Aviv Kochavi met with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Stefano Del Col on Sunday to discuss the security situation in southern Lebanon.

The two discussed security issues along the border between Israel and Lebanon as well as the UNIFIL missions in the region, an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement after the meeting. (Israel-UNIFIL-Security)

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CAIRO -- Egypt received on Sunday the first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, one day after the most populous Arab country approved the British vaccine for emergency use, official Ahram Online news website reported.

The batch, which consists of 50,000 doses, is part of an agreement that includes 20 million doses of the British vaccine. (Egypt-COVID19-Vaccine)

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DAMASCUS -- Four people were killed and 20 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion hit the rebel-held city of Azaz in northern Syria, according to the pro-government Sham FM radio.

The report said a child was among those killed in the explosion.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion was caused by a car bomb that went off near the cultural center in the city of Azaz in the northern countryside of Aleppo province near Turkey. (Syria-Blast-Deaths)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops on Sunday shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to stab a soldier in a West Bank crossroad, the military said.

The incident took place at the Gush Etzion Junction, a crossroad in a major settlement bloc south of Jerusalem. (Israel-Palestine-Shooting) Enditem

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