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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 3

04 Jun 2023, 07:49 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in at the parliament on Saturday and officially started his third term for the upcoming five years.

After Erdogan took the oath at the parliament, a lavish inauguration ceremony will be held at the presidential palace in the capital Ankara with the attendance of world leaders.

Erdogan won 52.18 percent of votes in the presidential runoff on May 28 against his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the center-left Republican People's Party. (Türkiye-Erdogan-Swearing-in)

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday a major reshuffle in his cabinet, appointing new ministers for foreign affairs, treasury and finance, defense and vice president.

Hakan Fidan, who has been at the helm of the National Intelligence Organization since 2010, assumes the role of foreign minister. The 55-year-old new top diplomat is considered one of Erdogan's closest confidants.

The new treasury and finance minister is Mehmet Simsek, who served as finance minister and deputy prime minister from 2009 to 2018. Simsek is a respected economist who is seen as a safe pair of hands in the turbulent Turkish economy.

Yasar Guler, who previously served as the chief of general staff and is seen as a hardliner on national security issues, takes on the role of defense minister.

The new vice president is Cevdet Yilmaz, who previously served as deputy prime minister and development minister. (Türkiye-Cabinet-Reshuffle)

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JERUSALEM/CAIRO -- Three Israeli soldiers and a member of Egyptian security forces were killed early on Saturday in a shootout along the border between Israel and Egypt, according to the two countries' military statements.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the assailant who killed the three soldiers was an Egyptian policeman. He first killed two soldiers, a man and a woman, who were on duty in a border post and gunned down a third during an exchange of fire hours later when a manhunt was underway.

Another Israeli soldier was lightly wounded and the Egyptian gunman was "neutralized" by the soldiers, the statement added.

The Egyptian army stated that three Israeli soldiers and a member of Egyptian security forces were killed earlier on Saturday in a shootout during a pursuit of drug smugglers by the Egyptian security personnel near the border with Israel.

"A member of the Egyptian security was killed in the shootout" and another two Israeli soldiers were injured, the army spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez said in a statement:

Both armies said an investigation into the incident is underway. (Egypt-Israel-Border-Shootout)

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BAGHDAD -- At least ten Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in attacks targeting IS hideouts in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala during the past 24 hours, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.

Based on intelligence reports, Iraqi air forces conducted airstrikes on IS hideouts in the Himreen mountain range of northern Diyala on Friday and Saturday, destroying the hideouts and killing seven IS militants in total, according to a statement issued by the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC).

According to the statement, the commandos of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service carried out attacks on IS hideouts in the same area on Saturday, killing another three IS militants. (Iraq-IS-Attacks)

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