Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 16

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ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand Turkey’s cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after 13 Turks abducted by the group were killed in northern Iraq.

“We will expand our operations into areas where threats are still dense,” Erdogan said at his party convention in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. (Turkey-PKK-Operations)

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RABAT — Morocco received on Tuesday the second batch of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, the ministry of health said.

The batch of 500,000 doses arrived from China at the Casablanca Mohammed V Airport early in the day, and will be dispatched to vaccination centers across the North African country, according to the ministry. (Morocco-China-Vaccines)

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CAIRO — The Arab League on Tuesday voiced concerns over the escalation of the border disputes between Sudan and Ethiopia.

“The Arab League follows closely with worries the latest developments along the Sudanese-Ethiopian borders as well as the statements and the reports over the military clashes between the two countries,” the Arab League said in a statement. (Arab League-Sudan-Ethiopia)

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TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied “rumors” that Iran is linked to recent rocket attacks in Iraq’s Erbil.

Iran strongly denies and condemns “the suspicious attempts” to attribute recent rocket attacks in Erbil to the Islamic republic, the Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted as saying by the Ministry’s website. (Iran-Iraqi Attack-Rumors)