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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 4

05 Jul 2020, 08:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran reported 2,449 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed number to 237,878 on Saturday, state TV reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily briefing that 1,148 out of the new patients have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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DAMASCUS -- An explosive device ripped through a checkpoint manned by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour on Saturday, a war monitor reported.

The explosive device went off at the checkpoint in the village of Thiban, leaving injuries among the checkpoint's fighters in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-SDF)

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TEHRAN -- Iran has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice against the United States over effects of sanctions on Iran's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Leila Joneidi, Iran's presidential aide for legal affairs, said on Saturday.

The continuous U.S. sanctions against Iran at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic are an indication of "inhuman" move and against human rights, Joneidi was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily. (Iran-U.S.-Lawsuit-COVID-19)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada received on Saturday 899 foreign tourists aboard five flights coming from Switzerland, Belarus and Ukraine, the Red Sea governor told reporters at Hurghada airport.

The Switzerland's flight also carried tourists from Germany, France, Belgium and Greece, Red Sea Governor Amr Hanafy pointed out. (Eygpt-Tourism-COVID-19)

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