Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 22

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TEHRAN -- At least six people died and 12 others injured in a flash flood in Iran's southern Fars province on Friday, Khabar Fouri news channel reported. A number of people have been missing in overflowing rivers caused by the rainstorm, according to the report. (Iran-Flash Flood)

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ISTANBUL -- Russia and Ukraine separately signed a deal in Istanbul Friday with Türkiye and the United Nations to resume grain shipments from Ukrainian ports to international markets via the Black Sea.

The deal was first signed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and later by Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov with the other two sides. (Türkiye-Ukraine-Russia-Grain Export Deal)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli missile strike on the Syrian capital of Damascus at late night on Thursday, reported the state news agency SANA.

Explosions were heard in Damascus after the Israeli attack and the firing of the Syrian air defense missiles, it said. (Syria-Israel-Attack)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said that both Iran and Saudi Arabia have voiced readiness to begin their talks on a political level to normalize ties, Iran Front Page (IFP) reported on Friday.

There has been some progress in the past five rounds of talks between the two sides in Iraq, which were held mainly at the security level, namely on security issues, Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying. (Iran-Saudi Arabia-Talks) Enditem

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