Fri, 14 Aug 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 252,720 on Friday after an overnight registration of 2,262 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.

During her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,455 were hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday recorded 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, bringing the total nationwide infections to 72,460.

The ministry in a statement confirmed 78 more deaths, raising the country's death toll from the infectious virus to 2,960. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian army foiled a massive rebel attack in the country's northwestern province of Latakia on Friday, the army said in a statement.

The Turkey-backed rebels launched a wide-scale offensive on military sites north of the town of Rabia in the countryside of Latakia, said the statement, which was carried by state news agency SANA. (Syria-Rebel-Turkey)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi security forces thwarted a Katyusha rocket attack targeting the heavily fortified Green Zone in central the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the Iraqi military said on Friday.

The troops found the rocket in al-Qanat Street in eastern Baghdad and dismantled it before being fired by unknown militants who apparently fled the scene before the arrival of the security forces, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement without giving further details about when exactly the incident took place. (Iraq-Green Zone-Rocket)

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