Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 1

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CAIRO -- Three people were killed and 13 others injured in Egypt since Thursday due to windy and rainy weather, Egyptian Health Ministry announced on Saturday.

The ministry said a man was killed after being electrocuted by a lamp post in Kafr al-Sheikh governorate, north of the capital Cairo. (Egypt-Weather)


SANAA -- Thirty-seven Houthi militants were killed on Saturday in a battle with the Yemeni army in Yemen's central province of Marib, government military source told Xinhua.

The ground battle took place in the area of al-Balak al-Sharki in the government-controlled southern Marib, during which the army recaptured several positions of the militia, he said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis)


ANKARA -- Turkey on Saturday reported 36,731 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 9,519,281, according to the country's health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 145 to 82,506, while 23,325 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19)


KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Security and Defense Council on Saturday ordered to speed up investigations into Thursday's mass protests in the capital Khartoum and neighboring areas which resulted in the deaths of four protesters and injuries of hundreds of others.

The council held an emergency meeting at the Republican Palace in Khartoum, chaired by Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to discuss the security developments in the country. (Sudan-Protests) Enditem

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