Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 31

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ANKARA -- Türkiye's Foreign Ministry summoned Danish Ambassador Danny Annan over "an attack targeting Quran and Turkish flag" at a public demonstration in Denmark on Friday.

The ministry said in a written statement that it strongly condemned and protested the "heinous act committed under the guise of freedom of expression," which is "unacceptable."

The statement came after Turkish media reported that members of the Danish far-right group The Patriots Go Live displayed Islamophobic banners and chanted anti-Islam slogans in front of the Turkish Embassy in Denmark's capital of Copenhagen earlier in the day.

The protest was live broadcasted on the group's Facebook page, local TV network CNN Turk reported.

"It is seen that the inadequacy of legal and administrative measures and the lack of political will to prevent such acts as well as impunity of perpetrators have encouraged further provocations," the ministry said in the statement, speaking of the recurrence of anti-Islam demonstrations in Denmark lately. (Türkiye-Denmark-Envoy-Summons)

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Friday strongly condemned Israeli missile attacks on sites in the Syrian capital of Damascus and the killing of an Iranian officer serving as a military adviser in Syria in one of the strikes.

In a statement published by the Sepah News, the media arm of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the victim was identified as Milad Heidari, a military officer from IRGC.

Israel launched a missile attack on sites in the Syrian capital Damascus after midnight Friday, the second Israeli strike since Thursday, according to the Syrian national TV. Some missiles were intercepted by Syria in Damascus and its surrounding areas, according to the report.

In the statement, the IRGC slammed Israel for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent Arab country, stressing that the Israeli "crime" would be responded to.

In a separate statement posted on the website of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani was quoted as saying that the Israeli "acts of aggression" are flagrant and ongoing violations of international law and regulations and aimed at diverting public opinion away from Israel's "deep internal crises and divisions." (Iran-Israel-Syria-Attack)

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DAMASCUS -- Israel launched a missile attack on sites in the Syrian capital Damascus after midnight Friday, the Syrian national TV reported.

It was the second Israeli strike in the past 24 hours. Some missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses in Damascus and its surrounding areas, according to the report. (Syria-Israel-Attack)

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KHARTOUM -- At least 10 people were killed after a gold mine collapsed in the Northern State of Sudan on Thursday, local media reported on Friday.

Dozens of miners were trapped after the collapse of a well at the Jabal Al-Ahmar mine in the Wadi Halfa area, Sudan's official news agency SUNA quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

The bodies of 10 miners, most of whom were young people, and three injured people were transferred to the Wadi Halfa Hospital, according to the report.

While a search is underway for the missing, local security sources indicated that the number of fatalities is expected to rise due to the difficulty of rescue operations. (Sudan-Gold-Mine-Collapse) Enditem

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