Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 18

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GAZA -- The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) confirmed on Saturday that Ahmed Bahar, a member of Hamas' political bureau, was killed by an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said in a statement that Bahar died "after being injured as a result of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza," without providing further details. (Palestine-Hamas-Leader's Death)

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Saturday traded blame over the destruction of a bridge over the Jabal Awliya dam south of the capital Khartoum.

"As a continuation to its destruction to the country and its infrastructure, the artillery shelling by the terrorist rebel militia on our positions in Jabal Awliya at dawn today (Saturday) caused the destruction of the Jabal Awliya dam bridge," a spokesman of the SAF's office said in a statement. (Sudan-Dam Bridge Destruction-Blame)

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JERUSALEM -- Currently there is no deal reached yet on the release of Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a press conference on Saturday night.

Netanyahu denied "incorrect reports" about a deal of releasing part of about 240 hostages held in Gaza is approaching, adding that the Israeli public will be updated if such an agreement is reached. (Israel-Hostage Deal-Netanyahu)

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GAZA -- A Palestinian medical source said on Saturday that at least 100 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others wounded after Israel bombed a school housing displaced people in the northern Gaza Strip.

The source, who requires anonymity, told Xinhua that the bodies of at least 100 people were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital following intense Israeli strikes on Al-Fakhoura School in the Jabalia refugee camp. (Israeli Bombing-Gaza School-Casualty) Enditem

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