Jan. 28 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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CAIRO — An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet crashed, killing its crew, during a military exercise, the army announced late Wednesday.

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“An F-16 aircraft has crashed during an exercise, killing the crew,” Mohamed Samir, spokesman for the Armed Forces, said in a statement. (Egypt-F-16-Crash)
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JERUSALEM — Israel detained Palestinian lawmaker Mouhamad Abu Tir, a senior Hamas official, an army spokeswoman confirmed to Xinhua on Thursday.

Local media reported that Abu Tir, a prominent Palestinian figure and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was detained overnight by military forces in his home in the village of Aqab, north of Jerusalem. (Israel-Detention)
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RIYADH — The Syrian opposition announced on Thursday that they will not attend the Geneva talks aiming to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, Al Arabiya local news reported.

George Sabra, deputy chief of the Syrian opposition negotiating team, told Al Hadith local channel that the opposition delegation will not go to Geneva, noting that there will not be negotiations without the participation of the opposition. “We will be heading to Geneva shortly after all obstacles are removed,” said Sabra. (Syria-Peace-Talk) Enditem

Soruce: Xinhua

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