Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 26

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese Foreign Ministry on Saturday called on the U.S. government to correct its position towards the current Sudanese crisis and not to equate the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) with the "terrorist militia."

In a statement, the ministry criticized a social media post from the U.S. Ambassador in Khartoum John Godfrey, in which he called the two warring parties, namely the SAF and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), "the belligerents" in Sudan, and that neither of them was fit to rule.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects the U.S. ambassador and the government of his country to correct this unbalanced and faulty position," the statement said.

The ministry further said that the U.S. ambassador should refrain from such statements that contradict diplomatic norms and do not help in bringing Sudan out of its crisis. (Sudan-U.S.-Criticism)

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ADEN, Yemen -- At least three Yemeni people, including two children, were killed in an artillery attack carried out by Houthi militia in the country's southwestern province of Taiz on Saturday, a government official told Xinhua.

"The Houthis randomly fired shells and targeted the residential village of Ghousha situated to the west of Taiz province, killing three people, including two children," the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

He clarified that the Houthi shelling attack left 15 other people injured, predominantly women and children.

The Houthi group, which controlled large swathes of northern Yemen, has not commented on the incident.

The province of Taiz has long been a battleground between military units loyal to Yemen's government and the Houthi rebels. (Yemen-Houthis-Shellings)

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DAMASCUS -- Eleven Syrian military personnel were killed, and 20 others were injured on Saturday in a rebel attack in the country's northwestern province of Idlib, a war monitor reported.

The attackers carried out an assault and detonated explosive devices concealed in tunnels beneath Syrian army positions in the southern countryside of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The observatory said the attackers are from factions including the Ansar al-Tawhid group and the Turkestan Islamic Movement, both affiliates of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) rebel group.

Tension has been brewing between the HTS and the Syrian army, with both sides exchanging fire in northern Syria. (Syria-Rebels-Conflicts)

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KHARTOUM -- A massive explosion hit the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday amid conflicting information about its causes and precise location.

Fire and thick smoke rose above the central area of Khartoum, where major institutions such as the airport, the presidential palace, and the General Command of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) were stationed.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the explosion occurred in a jet fuel storehouse inside Khartoum International Airport after a fire broke out there, while another eyewitness said it took place near the presidential palace in central Khartoum.

The clashes between the SAF and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continued on Saturday in various areas of the capital.

The SAF bombarded several RSF posts south of Khartoum, using warplanes and artillery missiles. (Sudan-RSF-Conflicts) Enditem

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