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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 1

02 Dec 2021, 08:05 GMT+10

AMMAN -- The Jordanian-Syrian Joint Free Zone was reopened on Wednesday with the aim of boosting trade exchange between the two countries, said a statement by the Jordanian Ministry of Industry and Trade

The announcement came after a meeting between Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Yousef Shamali and Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammed Al-Khalil, according to the statement.

Established under the Economic Cooperation Agreement between Jordan and Syria, the Joint Free Zone has been fully rehabilitated and is now ready to receive local, regional and international investments, the statement said. (Jordan-Syria-Free Zone)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon's COVID-19 ministerial committee on Wednesday decided to impose a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on those who have not received the vaccine, the National News Agency reported.

The committee also recommended the closure of schools from Dec. 16 to Jan. 10, in hope of curbing the number of infections.

It also advised restaurants, hotels and other touristic institutions not to allow in those who have not been administered at least one dose of vaccine.

"Those who are not vaccinated should conduct a PCR test within 48 hours of their entry to any touristic institution," the committee said. (Lebanon-COVID19-Measures)

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SANAA -- A jet fighter of the Saudi-led coalition forces waged an airstrike on a military camp controlled by the Houthi militia in Yemen's capital Sanaa at noon on Wednesday, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

The airstrike hit the center of the 1st Armored Division Camp, which is located at the hilltop surrounded by densely populated neighborhoods in the northern part of Sanaa.

Smoke and dust could be seen miles away from the military base and the residents told Xinhua that there was a powerful explosion that rocked the whole city.

Also on Wednesday, al-Masirah TV reported that the coalition opened fire and targeted border areas in the northwestern province of Saada, killing three and wounding 20 others. (Yemen-Houthis-Airstrikes)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Ministry of Oil said on Wednesday that the country exported 98.19 million barrels of crude oil in November, bringing in revenues of about 7.59 billion U.S. dollars.

The average selling price for crude oil in the month was 77.33 dollars per barrel, according to a ministry statement, citing statistics of the State Organization for Marketing of Oil.

About 95.86 million barrels were exported from oil fields in central and southern Iraq via the Port of Basra, while about 2.32 million barrels from the northern province of Kirkuk via the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean during the month, the statement said. (Iraq-Oil-Production)

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