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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 4

Xinhua
05 Aug 2021, 12:30 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) urged on Wednesday Lebanon and Israel to cease fire and exercise maximum restraint to avoid further escalation after the firing of rockets from southern Lebanon into northern Israel earlier in the day.

"UNIFIL remains fully engaged with the parties through our liaison and coordination channels and we are working with the Lebanese Armed Forces to ensure immediate follow-up on the ground and to reinforce security along the Blue Line," Kandice Ardiel, UNIFIL's deputy chief of strategic communications and public information, said in a statement released by the UN mission. (Lebanon-Israel-UNIFIL)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's total COVID-19 infections have exceeded 4 million after a new record of nearly 40,000 daily cases on Wednesday.

The Iranian Health Ministry reported 39,357 new cases, raising the country's total tally to 4,019,084. (Iran-COVID19)

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RABAT -- Morocco on Wednesday reported 10,603 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily record so far, taking its total tally of infections to 653,286.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 582,692 after 7,774 new ones were added, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. (Morocco-COVID19)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Wednesday registered 26,822 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 5,822,487, according to its Health Ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 122 to 51,767, while 6,096 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19)

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