Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 10

Middle East

RIYADH — Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen announced on Saturday the interception of two bomb-laden drones toward the southern region of the kingdom.

The coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al Maliki accused in a statement Yemen’s Houthi militia of systematically targeting civilians and civilian sites, reported the Saudi Press Agency. (Saudi Arabia-Drones)

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ABU DHABI — China will work together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seek new progress in deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership, visiting senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said on Saturday.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the remarks during his meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the UAE’s capital. (China-UAE-Visit-Cooperation)

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RAMALLAH — A European diplomat on Saturday said that the European Union is ready to send a mission to monitor the Palestinian electoral process, as well as support the Central Elections Commission.

During a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye in Ramallah city, Sven Kuhn Von Burgdsroff, the EU representative in Palestine, stressed that the EU supports holding the general elections in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. (EU-Palestine-Elections)

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BEIRUT — One man was killed and two others were injured Saturday morning in an explosion of a gas tank at a closed shop in Ashrafieh, one of the oldest districts of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, Elnashra news website reported.

The civil defense rushed to the area to extinguish the fire resulting from the explosion which caused heavy material damage in the area. (Lebanon,Explosion)

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