Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 21

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RAMALLAH — Palestine on Thursday rejected an anti-coronavirus aid shipment from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that arrived in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv earlier this week.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye explained that the shipment was not coordinated with the Palestinian side. (Palestine-UAE-Aid Shipment)

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CAIRO — Egypt witnessed on Thursday a record 774 single-day new COVID-19 cases, raising the total infections confirmed in the country since mid-February to 15,003, according to the health ministry.

It is the third consecutive day for Egypt’s COVID-19 daily infections to exceed 700. (Egypt-Coronavirus-Record)

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JERUSALEM — The Israeli health ministry reported zero coronavirus death case on Thursday, keeping the death toll at 279.

This is the first time since March 28 that no daily fatalities are recorded in Israel. (Israel-Coronavirus-No Death)

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ISTANBUL — Turkey’s tourism sector said Thursday it is looking forward to attracting Chinese tourists back to the country once the COVID-19 pandemic is fully contained.

“China is a huge market, and we are attaching significant importance to the country and Chinese people,” Firuz Baglikaya, head of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, said at an online press conference in the largest Turkish city Istanbul. (Turkey-China-Tourism)