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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 4

05 Jun 2020, 08:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed the release of U.S. prisoner Michael White, official IRNA news agency reported.

White was freed by a decree of an Iranian judge for human rights considerations and left the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying. (Iran-U.S.)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian air defenses on Thursday evening responded to an Israeli missile strike on areas in central Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The air defenses intercepted a number of missiles targeting the city of Masyaf in the central province of Hama, SANA said, giving no further details. (Syria-Israel)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Thursday said it would not make political concessions in exchange for Israel's releasing the withheld Palestinian tax revenues.

"The tax revenues collected by Israel are our right, but Israel wants to trade money for politics," Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye told British Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office James Cleverly during a video conference. (Palestine-UK)

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KHARTOUM -- A senior Sudanese official on Thursday said that China's success in controlling the COVID-19 represents a model Sudan is seeking to utilize to confront the disease.

Siddiq Tawer, a member of Sudan's Sovereign Council and chairman of the Higher Committee for Health Emergencies, made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting Chinese team of medical experts, said Sudan's Sovereign Council in a statement. (Sudan-China)

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