Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 27

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  • Sunday, 28 May 2023

TEHRAN -- Two Iranian border guards and one Taliban fighter were killed during armed clashes near a border police station between Iran and Afghanistan, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency and Taliban's Interior Ministry on Saturday.

The two sides accused each other of opening fire first on Saturday morning near the police station on the border of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province and the Afghan province of Nimroz. (Iran-Afghanistan-Clash)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Saturday the necessity of reaching a comprehensive and sustainable cease-fire in Sudan which has been going through an internal armed conflict since mid-April.

Sisi made the remarks during a virtual meeting of the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) held to discuss the developments of the Sudanese crisis, said the Egyptian presidency in a statement. (Egypt-Sudan-Crisis)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested several drug-dealing suspects in two raids outside the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Interior Ministry and activists said Saturday.

Some 6,000 Captagon pills, 200 other narcotic pills, two kilograms of weed, and various weaponry were confiscated during the operation in Aleppo, the ministry said in a statement. (Syria-Crack Down-Drug Trade)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemeni security forces announced on Saturday the arrest of eight suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern province of Lahj.

The security forces carried out a late-night operation in the Yafea area of Lahj province and busted an eight-member IS terror cell, which included four foreign fighters, said a brief press statement. (Yemen-IS Militants-Arrest)

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