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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 9

Xinhua
10 Jan 2022, 08:18 GMT+10

KHARTOUM -- A fresh round of demonstrations took place on Sunday in Sudan's capital Khartoum and other cities to demand civilian rule in the North African country.

Groups of protesters set out from Bashdar bus station in the capital city and marched towards the Republican Palace in central Khartoum, eyewitnesses said. (Sudan-Demonstration-Civilian Rule)

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BAGHDAD -- The new Iraqi parliament on Sunday re-elected Mohammed al-Halbousi as Speaker after its first session resumed.

The resumed session was chaired by Khalid al-Darraji, second alternative to the eldest member of the parliament Mahmoud al-Mashhadani who was transferred to a hospital for a sudden health problem, while the first alternative declined to chair the session. (Iraq-New Parliament-Speaker)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned on Sunday that 2 million to 4 million Israelis are predicted to be infected with coronavirus during the current outbreak mainly caused by the highly infectious Omicron variant.

"Information presented at a cabinet meeting indicates that in Israel, overall 2-4 million citizens will be infected in the current wave," Bennett wrote on his Facebook page. (Israel-Omicron-Infections)

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RABAT -- Morocco's COVID-19 cases surpassed 1 million on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

On Sunday, 4,963 new cases were recorded, taking the national tally to 1,002,084. (Morocco-COVID19)

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