Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 3

Middle East

TEHRAN — Iran’s coronavirus cases rose on Monday to 312,035 with the registration of 2,598 new infections over the past 24 hours.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,304 have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BEIRUT — Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Nassif Hitti submitted on Monday his resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a statement by the Foreign Ministry reported.

Hitti issued a statement saying that “the lack of a clear vision for the future of Lebanon stands behind his resignation.” (Lebanon-FM-Resign)

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JERUSALEM/DAMASCUS — Israeli helicopters fired missiles on Syrian military positions in the southern province of Quneitra on Monday, according to Israel’s military and Syrian state news agency SANA.

Israel’s military said on Monday night it had carried out airstrikes against targets belonging to the Syrian army, saying the attack was a response to “attempted attack” a day earlier. (Israel-Syria-Airstrikes)

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RABAT — A total of seven Subsaharan African migrants drowned and 40 others were arrested on Monday near the western Moroccan city of Tarfaya, official news agency MAP reported.

Moroccan security forces foiled an attempt by 40 Subsaharan African migrants, including 12 women, to reach the Spanish Canary Islands in the Atlantic from the shores of Tarfaya. (Morocco-Migrants)

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