Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 11

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Saturday confirmed 22,923 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 6,636,899, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 259 to 59,643, while 30,144 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19)


DAMASCUS -- Syria's Oil Minister Bassam Tohme announced on Saturday that his country will be taking a certain amount of Egypt's gas as part of the agreement to facilitate the flow of gas from Egypt to Lebanon through Syria, according to the state news agency SANA.

The minister said this would help with the electricity generating process in Syria, which is suffering from the lack of electricity as a result of the sanctions and the U.S. occupation of key gas and oil fields in eastern Syria. (Syria-Egypt-Gas)


TEHRAN -- The Iranian health ministry reported on Saturday 16,654 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,275,567.

According to a briefing published by Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education on its official website, the pandemic has claimed 113,824 lives in the country so far, after 444 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. (Iran-COVID19)


BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Saturday that the upcoming legislative elections on Oct. 10 are the only solution to Iraq's problems, urging Iraqis to vote for a better future for the country.

During a meeting with the Iraqi electoral commission to discuss the polls' preparations, al-Kadhimi said "exactly 29 days later, the early parliamentary elections will be held, which represent the only solution to Iraq's problems," according to a statement issued by his media office. (Iraq-Election) Enditem

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