Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 16

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli health ministry announced 27,167 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the country's total number of infections to 1,785,551.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Israel grew by 16 to 8,319. The number of patients in critical condition went up by 49 to reach 436 on Sunday, the highest daily increase in more than three months. (Israel-COVID19-Case)

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BAGHDAD -- Five fishermen were kidnapped Sunday in the Iraqi province of Salahudin, a provincial police source said.

The incident took place when the fishermen were fishing in the Tigris River in the southwest the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Colonel Mohammed al-Bazi told Xinhua. (Iraq-Fisherman Kidnapped)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Sunday called for resolving the refugee issues and anti-Syrian embargoes as means to help settle Syria's crisis, according to Iran's Foreign Ministry.

"Without considering the issue of refugees and the sanctions imposed on Syria, (resolving) the crisis in this country cannot be directed in the right direction," Amir Abdollahian said at a meeting with the visiting UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen. (Iran-Syria-Politics)

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AMMAN -- An officer of the Jordanian Armed Forces was killed on Sunday and three other border guards were injured in an exchange of fire with smugglers along the border with Syria, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

At dawn on Sunday, a group of smugglers opened fire at Jordanian border guards, who fired back and forced the smugglers to return to the Syrian territories, the Petra news agency quoted a source at the Jordan Armed Forces as saying. (Joran-Shooting-Smugglers) Enditem

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