Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 29

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Wednesday started manufacturing the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines at a joint venture with China, which is located in the eastern province of Constantine.

The production line was inaugurated at a ceremony, attended by Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane and Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe, at the joint venture between China's biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech and Algeria's pharmaceutical group Saidal. (Algeria-China-COVID19 Vaccine)


JERUSALEM -- Five people, including three children, were killed and dozens injured in a crash between a bus and two vehicles in northern Israel on Wednesday, Israeli authorities said.

Israel's Magen David Adom emergency health service said in a statement that some 47 schoolchildren in the bus were injured in the accident near Hurfish, a town in northern Israel's Galilee, adding that three of the wounded sustained serious injuries. (Israel-Traffic-Accident)


TEHRAN -- Iran's overall COVID-19 death toll reached 120,160 on Wednesday after 272 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, according to Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

It also reported 13,271 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,572,962. (Iran-COVID19)


BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi authorities decided on Wednesday to close all airports and border crossings during the upcoming elections slated for Oct. 10 for security reasons.

Ghaleb al-Attiyah, spokesman of an Iraqi higher committee responsible for securing the elections, told the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) that the closure of airports and border crossings will take effect from Oct. 9 until the morning of Oct. 11. (Iraq-Elections-Border closure) Enditem

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