Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 6

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RAMALLAH/GAZA -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday condemned a deadly ax attack in central Israel while the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement justified the attack as a response to Israel's recent violations against Palestinian sanctities.

"The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only leads to a further deterioration of the situation," Abbas was quoted by the official Palestinian news agency as saying. (Palestine-Israel-Ax attack)

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JERUSALEM -- The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday condemned a deadly ax attack in central Israel.

In a phone conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan "strongly condemned" the attack, in which three civilians were killed, and conveyed condolences to the victims' families, Lapid tweeted. (UAE-Condemn-Israeli Attack)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Suspected al-Qaida gunmen attacked a security headquarters in Yemen's southern province of Dhalea on Friday night, a government official told Xinhua.

"Intense armed confrontations are still going on between the security forces and the al-Qaida suspects in and around the security headquarters in Dhalea amid large explosions," the local official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Al-Qaida-Attack)

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ADEN, Yemen -- A plane carrying the first batch of freed prisoners of the Houthi group arrived on Friday in Yemeni southern port city of Aden as part of the two-month truce brokered by the United Nations, a government official told Xinhua.

"The plane of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) carrying 40 Houthi prisoners landed at Aden International Airport and two more flights will arrive later to transfer at least 108 prisoners freed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition," the local government source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Prisoners Swap) Enditem

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