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JERUSALEM -- Dozens of rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Friday evening by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), all of which were either intercepted or fell in open areas, causing no injuries, the Israeli military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the PIJ launched some 80 rockets in southern Israel. Nearly half of them fell short in Gaza, and 46 crossed the border, of which 33 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, and the rest fell in open areas, causing no injuries. (Israel-Gaza-Tension)

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GAZA/JERUSALEM -- At least 10 Palestinians, including a child and an armed group commander, were killed and 55 injured on Friday in Israeli airstrikes on military targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Islamist organization active in the Gaza Strip.

A 5-year-old girl and Tayseer al-Jabari, commander of the PIJ armed wing Al-Quds Brigades, as well as his three aides were killed in the heavy Israeli air raid on a residential apartment in the Palestinian Tower in central Gaza that houses media offices, according to eyewitnesses, the PIJ, and the Palestinian health ministry. (Israel-Airstrikes on Gaza-Rising Tension)

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ISTANBUL -- A team of representatives from the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) concluded their inspection of an empty commercial vessel in Istanbul, which is expected to sail to Ukraine to load grain, Türkiye's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

"The JCC team completed the inspection of the empty Barbados-flagged Fulmar S, which will load grain from the Chornomorsk port of Ukraine," the ministry announced on Twitter. (Istanbul-Ukraine-Grain)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Friday demanded the release of an Iranian national that was arrested in Saudi Arabia.

Amir-Abdollahian made the request in a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein. He asked Hussein to follow up on the issue and convey his message to the Saudi authorities, according to Iran's Foreign Ministry website. (Iran-Saudi Arabia-Release Prisoner) Enditem

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