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

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Thursday registered 22,261 new COVID-19 cases, leading its tally of infections to cross the 6-million mark.

The tally of coronavirus infections in Turkey climbed to 6,018,485, the Turkish Health Ministry said. (Turkey-COVID19)


JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday instructed health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to prepare to offer a third coronavirus vaccine booster for some age groups under 60 next week, according to a statement from Bennett's office.

Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz were briefed by CEOs of Israel's four HMOs on their vaccination efforts. The prime minister told the HMOs' directors that they need to "prepare to expand the range of ages for the third inoculation next week." (Israel-COVID19-Booster Shots)


BEIRUT -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and China launched on Thursday the partnership to support COVID-19 socio-economic recovery of women and youth in Lebanon, a statement by the UNDP reported.

The UNDP said that China will provide financial assistance to improve the livelihoods of women and youth engaged in productive sectors in Lebanon, build the capacity of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives in business management and e-commerce, strengthen Business Development Services institutions, expand access to markets through an e-commerce platform, and facilitate access to the Chinese market. (China-UNDP-Lebanon)


ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday announced that 17 people were killed in the country's flood-struck Black Sea region.

Erdogan said in a written message that rescue operations continued in the region with the participation of a total of 4,644 personnel, 19 helicopters, and 24 boats. (Turkey-Black Sea-Floods) Enditem

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