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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 5

06 Jul 2022, 07:55 GMT+10

RAMALLAH/ALGIERS -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the politburo chief of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Ismail Haniyeh in Algeria on Tuesday.

A photo released by the Palestinian presidency showed Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune sitting between Abbas and Haniyeh in a meeting room with Algeria's green-and-white national flag in the background.

The meeting was broadcast on the Algerian TV channel TV3, which showed the three leaders holding their hands. (Palestinian-Hamas-Leaders-Meeting)

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Tuesday held a grand military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its independence from French colonialism, with the attendance of senior local and foreign officials.

In a televised message before the parade, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said the Independence Day celebrations "bear the meanings of loyalty to the martyrs, and to the eternal message of November" 1954, referring to the victory of the Algerian War of Independence. (Algeria-Independence Day-Military Parade)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid left on Tuesday for Paris for his first trip abroad after assuming office, where he is expected to ask for French intervention in Israel's escalating tensions with Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Lapid, who became caretaker prime minister on Friday following the collapse of the coalition government under Naftali Bennett, met his first security challenge a day after his appointment, when three Hezbollah drones flew over disputed waters in Eastern Mediterranean toward Israel's newly-installed Karish gas platform. All drones were intercepted. (Israel-France-Hezbollah)

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ADEN, Yemen -- At least 10 people were killed in an explosion that rocked a weapon warehouse in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Tuesday, a security official told Xinhua.

A large explosion rocked a building used to store weapons in Abyan's district of Lawdar, leaving at least 10 killed and more than 35 others injured, the local security source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Warehouse-Explosion)

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