Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 23

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  • Friday, 24 May 2024

TEHRAN -- Iran's late President Ebrahim Raisi, who lost his life along with his entourage in a recent helicopter crash, was laid to rest on Thursday in the holy shrine of Imam Reza in his hometown, the northeastern city of Mashhad, according to the official news agency IRNA.

Raisi's body, along with those of the two members of his accompanying team, arrived at Mashhad's international airport Thursday afternoon from Birjand, the capital of the eastern South Khorasan province, where a funeral ceremony had been held for the late president and his companions earlier in the day, the report said. (Iran-Raisi-Funeral)

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GAZA -- At least 24 people were killed overnight when the Israeli army targeted two houses in northern and central Gaza, the Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported Thursday.

A total of 16 Palestinians, including 10 children, were killed and a number of others injured after the Israeli army shelled a house in the center of Gaza City on Wednesday night, WAFA said. (Gaza-Israeli attacks-Casualty)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli war cabinet on Wednesday night instructed the Israeli negotiation team to renew talks for the release of the Israeli hostages held in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli state-owned Kan TV news reported.

The approval for the resumption of talks was given following a four-hour night discussion, during which the cabinet formulated updated guidelines for the team. (Israel-Hostage Release-Talks)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, on Thursday said his group launched eight operations with missiles and drones against cargo ships this week.

"During the week, eight operations were carried out with 15 missiles and drones in the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean," he said in a televised speech aired by his group's al-Masirah TV, adding one of the operations targeted the Mediterranean. (Yemen-Houthi Attacks-Ships)

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