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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 9

10 May 2022, 08:05 GMT+10

TUNIS -- Tunisian Health Ministry decided to suspend using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen), the official Tunis Afrique Presse reported on Monday.

Health Minister Ali Mrabet said at a press conference on Monday that Tunisian government made this decision after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to limit its use due to worrisome complications, including blood clots. (Tunisia-Stop-Johnson Vaccine)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian foreign minister said on Monday Syrian president's latest visit to Tehran signals the bilateral relations are "excellent" and "unbreakable."

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in an interview with the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Iran-Syria-Relations)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli police said Monday they have arrested a 65-old-woman on suspicion of sending death threat letters and bullets to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's family.

The police issued a statement identifying the woman as a resident of southern Israel, without elaborating the details. A court-issued gag order has been imposed on most of the details in the case. (Israel-Arrest-Death Threat)

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SANAA -- Heavy fighting broke out between the Yemeni government army and Houthi militia on Monday despite a two-month truce brokered by the United Nations, a source from the pro-government army told Xinhua.

The clashes took place at the frontline in the al-Balak al-Sharki mountain, a few kilometers to the south of the government-controlled city of Marib, the capital of Yemen's central province of Marib. (Yemen-Houthis-Conflicts)

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