Aug. 7 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ANKARA — At least two people were killed and 10 others injured on Friday in clashes between outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) members and the Turkish security forces in southeastern Sirnak province of Turkey, private Dogan News Agency reported.

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The clashes erupted as the security forces came to Silopi town of Sirnak in order to close ditches that were dogged by the PKK sympathizers, said the report, adding that a group of PKK militants opened fire with rocket launchers and long barreled weapons to the police officers and one police officer was among the injured, the report said. (Turkey-Clashes)
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DAMASCUS — The Islamic State (IS) militants have snatched dozens of Syrian Christians, including women and children, in the town of Qaryateyn in central Syria, a monitor group reported Friday.
Dozens of Christians were among 230 civilians the IS captured in Qaryateyn in the southeastern countryside of the central province of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-IS)
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KHARTOUM — At least six people were killed as heavy rains and floods hit two states in northern Sudan during the past hours, Sudan Tribune reported Friday.
“Four children were killed when high floods swept their home near a valley, some 50 km south of Merowe town in the northern state,” the report said. (Sudan-Floods-Death)
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BAGHDAD — Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets on Friday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and several other cities in south to protest against slack public services, power shortage, and massive corruption.
Young men, women and the elderly gathered in Tahrir Square, or Liberation Square, in central Baghdad raising Iraqi flags and anti-corruption banners, and urging to hold the corrupted accountable. (Iraq-Protest) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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