Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 6

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Monday started mandatory PCR test for unvaccinated people in some professions and began to seek negative test results for intercity travelers via public transportation as part of the measures against COVID-19.

People who fail to submit a vaccine card for at least two jabs or a negative PCR test result will not be allowed for intercity transportation. (Turkey-COVID19-PCR Test)


GAZA -- A deal was reached on disbursing the Qatari cash grant, reopening the crossing points with the Gaza Strip, and providing facilities to improve living condition for populations in the area, a Qatari diplomat said Monday.

Qatari Ambassador to Palestine Mohammed al-Emadi, who is currently in Gaza, said in a press statement that an agreement was reached with Israel on reopening the crossing points to meet the basic needs of Gaza's populations. (Qatar-Gaza)


TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry on Monday reported 27,579 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,156,986.

The pandemic has so far claimed 111,257 lives in the country after 583 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, said Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education. (Iran-COVID19)


RABAT -- Morocco announced on Monday 1,923 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections in the North African country to 886,008.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased by 4,818 to 828,148. (Morocco-COVID19) Enditem

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