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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 2

03 Jul 2020, 08:18 GMT+10

TRIPOLI -- The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Thursday that 130 Libyans were killed and injured by booby traps in the south of the capital Tripoli over the past five weeks.

The 130 casualties, 75 civilians and 55 clearance operators, are all victims of booby traps including IEDs and land mines, according to a UNSMIL statement. (Libya-Booby Traps)

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CAIRO -- Egypt received two flights carrying 313 tourists from Switzerland and Belarus on Thursday, the second day of Egypt's international flight resumption after more than three months of suspension over COVID-19 concerns.

Hurghada airport received a flight carrying 141 Swiss tourists while Sharm el-Sheikh airport received another with 172 Belarusian tourists, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement. (Egypt-Foreign Tourists)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf Thursday reiterated the country's support for the Palestinian cause, Tasnim news agency reported.

The passage of "time has proven that the Zionists (Israel) understand only the language of resistance, and that compromise and surrender to them will get nowhere," Qalibaf said in a telephone conversation with Ismail Haniyeh, politburo chief of Hamas movement. (Iran-Palestine)

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RAMALLAH -- The two Palestinian rival groups, Fatah movement and Islamic Hamas movement, announced on Thursday to unify their positions against Israeli annexation plan.

Jibril al-Rajoub, member of Fatah movement's Central Committee, and Saleh A'rouri, deputy chief of Hamas politburo, made this announcement in a joint online press conference held in both Ramallah and Lebanon's Beirut. (Palestine-Hamas Unity)

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