Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 24


JERUSALEM -- Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday a ban on incoming and outgoing passenger flights to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.

The shutdown will come into effect at midnight (2200 GMT) between Monday and Tuesday and will last until Jan. 31, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office. (Israel-COVID19-Flights Ban)

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DUBAI -- The Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the establishment of the UAE embassy in the city of Tel Aviv in Israel, the UAE government's official Twitter said on Sunday.

The decision was made during the cabinet meeting on Sunday, chaired by UAE's Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (UAE-Israel-Embassy)

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ISMAILIA -- Egypt started on Sunday vaccinating medical staff with Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in the northeastern province of Ismailia, according to a vaccination program by the Egyptian Health Ministry.

"Today, I announce launching the national campaign of COVID-19 vaccination from Abu Khalifa Hospital, starting with the medical staff," Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed told a news conference at Abu Khalifa Emergency Hospital in Ismailia. (Egypt-COVID19 Vaccination-China)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Sunday that 6.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines would arrive in Turkey from China on Monday.

Koca said in a tweet that the deliveries are part of a second planned shipment of 10 million doses of the vaccines developed by the Chinese company Sinovac. (Turkey-COVID19 Vaccines-China)

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