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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 5

Xinhua
06 Dec 2022, 07:55 GMT+10

KHARTOUM -- Sudan's military and civilian leaders on Monday signed a political framework agreement to end the political impasse and institute a two-year transitional civilian authority.

Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, commander of the Sudanese Army, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commander of the Rapid Support Forces, signed the deal on behalf of the military forces.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Forces of the Freedom and Change Alliance, the Revolutionary Front, other political organizations, workers' unions, and civil society organizations signed the agreement on behalf of the political forces. (Sudan-Political-Agreement)

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TRIPOLI-- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday that 633 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya and sent back to the North African country over the past week.

"In the period of 27 November -3 December 2022, 633 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya," IOM said in a statement.

So far in 2022, a total of 21,457 migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya, including 1,089 women and 678 children, IOM said.

Also, a total of 517 illegal migrants died and 830 others went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean route so far this year, IOM added. (Libya-Migrants-Rescue)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied U.S. claims that it had sent weapons to Yemen.

In reply to a question about an allegation that an Iranian vessel with ammunition was stopped on the way to Yemen recently, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said that the "repeated allegation" is "baseless" and "is only made for political exploitation."

On Saturday, the U.S. Navy said that it had seized an Iranian fishing trawler with ammunition en route to Yemen.

"Iran has always used all its capacity to establish peace, stability and security in Yemen, and believes that only the Yemenis can make decisions regarding their fate without the interference of outsiders," Kanaani said. (Iran-Houthis-Weapons)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian was killed on Monday by Israeli soldiers during clashes at Dheisheh refugee camp south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The ministry said in a short statement that Ommar Mannaa, 22, was killed by Israeli soldiers after being shot in the chest during clashes at the refugee camp.

Local sources and eyewitnesses said that fierce clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers after an Israeli army force stormed the refugee camp to arrest Palestinian activists.

The Israeli authorities didn't comment on the incident. (Israel-Palestine-Conflict)

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