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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 17

18 May 2022, 08:05 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- Lebanon's Interior Ministry on Tuesday announced the final results of the 2022 parliamentary elections, which showed the loss of majority in the parliament by Hezbollah and its allies.

Hezbollah and its allies secured 59 seats, down from 71 in the previous elections in 2018, which are fewer than the 65 seats needed to secure a majority in the 128-seat parliament. (Lebanon-Parliamentary Elections-Results)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday made his first official visit to a settlement in the occupied West Bank since he took office.

Bennett, also the leader of the pro-settler Yamina party, participated in a commemoration marking the 45th anniversary of the founding of the settlement of Elkana. (Israel-PM Visit-Settlement)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish police detained three suspected foreign members of the Islamic State (IS) group, including a suicide bomber, in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa, local media reported on Tuesday.

Anti-terror teams have been tracking the suspects since 2021, following an operation carried out in Corum in northern Turkey, the Hurriyet daily said, citing a statement from the Turkish Interior Ministry. (Turkey-IS-Foreign Member)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army said on Tuesday that it shot down an unmanned aircraft launched by Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group into Israeli airspace.

In a statement, the Israeli military said soldiers had monitored the drone "throughout the incident" before intercepting it. (Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah)

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