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

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ISTANBUL — Turkish police detained 14 people in Istanbul over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, local media reported on Friday.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 17 locations across Turkey’s largest city to capture the suspects, who were believed to have financially supported the IS, the state-run Anadolu Agency said. (Turkey-Istanbul-IS)

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BEIRUT — Lebanese President Michel Aoun emphasized on Friday the keenness of Lebanon to reach fair solutions to maritime border demarcation with Israel, a statement by the Lebanese Presidency reported.

“We rely on the role of the United States to overcome difficulties that may hinder the negotiations’ process,” Aoun said during his meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker at Baabda Palace. (Lebanon-Israel-Maritime-Border-Demarcation)

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TRIPOLI — The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Libya, Stephanie Williams, on Friday held meetings with Libyan mayors, and discussed their concerns about the political process.

“As part of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) process, based on the principles of social and political inclusivity, Stephanie Williams has been holding a series of meetings with mayors from the southern, western and the eastern parts of Libya,” the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement. (Libya-UN-Talks)

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RAMALLAH — Dozens of Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday, medical sources and witnesses said.

The witnesses told Xinhua that the clashes broke out when the Israeli army dispersed the anti-settlement protests held every Friday in several villages in the West Bank. (Palestine-Israel-Clashes)