Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 2

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that smart restrictions will gradually replace lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iranian presidential website reported.

Raisi, who was talking in the Meeting of National Headquarters of Administrating COVID-19, called for the coordination of the Health Ministry and the Education Ministry to vaccinate students over the age of 12. (Iran-COVID19-Lockdown)


KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait launched on Saturday a tree-planting campaign in the Capital Governorate in an endeavor to address climate challenges.

The campaign was organized by the Kuwait Public Authority Of Agriculture Affairs And Fish Resources (PAAF). Dozens of volunteers participated in planting trees in median strip of Jamal Abdul Nasser Street. (Kuwait-Tree-Planting)


JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health on Saturday reported 3,585 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country's total infections to 1,287,977.

The death toll from the virus rose by 17 to 7,778, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 607 to 587. (Israel-COVID19)


ALGIERS -- Algeria on Saturday decided to recall its ambassador to France for consultations over controversial statements of French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the day.

"Algeria recalls its ambassador in Paris, Mohamed Antar-Daoud, for consultations, and a press release will be announced on the issue," according a statement of the President Office. (Algeria-Ambassador-France) Enditem

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