Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 23

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TEHRAN — Iran reported 2,445 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 209,970 on Tuesday, according to official IRNA news agency.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during his daily update that 121 people died overnight, taking the total fatalities over the virus to 9,863. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA — Turkey’s tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 190,165, after 1,268 new cases were added, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 27 more people died from the infectious disease in a single day, taking the death toll to 5,001, the minister tweeted. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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CAIRO — An Arab League (AL) virtual meeting at the level of foreign ministers voiced on Tuesday support for Egypt’s position regarding Ethiopia’s hydropower dam being built on the Nile River, the Cairo-based pan-Arab organization said in a statement.

In an AL resolution issued following the video conference extraordinary meeting, the Arab foreign ministers agreed that “the water security of Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of the Arab national security.” (Egypt-Ethiopia-GERD)

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the conditions of Hajj this season, noting only domestic pilgrims aged under 65 will be allowed to perform Hajj.

The Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah told a press conference that the selected pilgrims should be below 65 years old and free from chronic diseases, the Saudi Press Agency reported, adding that they should pass the coronavirus testing and be in home-quarantine after performing the Hajj rituals. (Saudi Arabia-COVID-19)

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