News summary from Xinhua, Middle East at 2200 GMT, June 11th June


ADEN, Yemen – At least seven soldiers from the newly recruited Yemen armed forces were killed in a motorcycle bomb attack in the country’s southern Abyan province on Friday, a government official told Xinhua.

The bombing occurred in the afternoon when a motorbike with booby traps exploded in a crowded marketplace in Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, the local official said. (Yemen-saudi killing)


JERUSALEM – Israel will lift travel bans on Turkey, Ethiopia and Ukraine on June 14, a joint statement by the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister’s Office said on Friday.

The decision was made by the Israeli government following the recent sharp drop in COVID-19 morbidity in the three countries. (Israel travel ban repeal)


TEHERAN – Iran reported 9,966 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the country’s total infections to 3,013,078.

The pandemic has claimed 81,796 lives in Iran so far, an increase of 124 in the last 24 hours, the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said in a briefing. (Iran COVID19 case)


RABAT – The number of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached 7,047,704 in Morocco on Friday, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said in a statement.

So far, a total of 9,362,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Morocco, the statement said. (Morocco COVID19 vaccine)


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