Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 28


By Liu Lu

TEHRAN -- Senior Iranian officials have unanimously condemned the assassination of the country's prominent nuclear scientist and called for punishment of those behind the terror attack.

On Friday, Iran confirmed that Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh, a high-ranking Iranian nuclear physicist, was assassinated near the capital Tehran by "armed terrorists." (Iran-Condemn-Assassination)

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RAMALLAH -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Saturday warned against the Israeli government's plan to legalize dozens of "illegal settlement outposts" built in the West Bank.

In an official report sent to Xinhua, the PLO's National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements noted that the Israeli plan aims to seize and control more lands in the West Bank, referring to the remarks of Israeli Minister of Settlement Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi last week. (Palestine-Israel-Settlement Outposts)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Intense armed confrontations broke out between the government forces and military units of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen's southern province of Abyan early on Saturday, a security official told Xinhua.

"Fighting began between the government forces and the STC's military units overnight and continued throughout the day amid exchange of intense artillery shelling in Abyan," the local security source said on condition of anonymity.(Yemen-Clashes-Abyan)

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SANAA -- Yemen's health authorities on Saturday launched a polio vaccination campaign for more than 4 million children in the north of the war-torn country.

The three-day campaign is supported by the World Health Organization, the UNICEF and other international aid agencies, the local health authorities said in a statement. (Yemen-Polio-Immunization-Campaign)

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