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Iran-China ties

Iran’s foreign ministry says an upcoming visit to China by President Ebrahim Raisi is a key development in bilateral ties and will hopefully pave the way for closer mutual cooperation, especially in economic sector terms. Kan’ani said the 25-year partnership roadmap has already helped bring what he called tangible results in boosting mutual cooperation. He cited a 40% surge in the volume of trade with China in the previous Iranian calendar year. The spokesman added that the president’s visit to Beijing shows the will on both sides to enhance political and economic cooperation. Kan’ani also said several agreements will be signed during the visit. Raeisi will head to China on Monday for a three-day visit. China has been Iran's largest trade partner in recent years.

Terrorists impeding Syria aid

The United Nations says a terrorist group in control of a part of quake-hit northern Syria is hampering the transfer of aid by the Syrian government. A spokesperson for the UN humanitarian aid office says aid deliveries are held up over approval issues by the terror group known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The revelation comes as concerns are growing over the situation, a week after two powerful earthquakes rocked the adjoining border regions of Turkey and Syria. Most deaths and injuries from the earthquake in Syria have been reported in the territory held by terrorist groups. Meanwhile, UN aid Chief Martin Griffiths lamented the failure of sending desperately needed aid to the quake-ravaged Arab country, saying people there feel abandoned. Griffiths also painted a grim picture of the situation in both Syria and Turkey, saying the current death toll is expected to double or more.

Israeli aggression

Several explosions rocked the Gaza Strip as Israel carries out air strikes on the besieged Palestinian territory. The regime’s warplanes conducted 10 raids on the west of Gaza, targeting an underground site used by the resistance movement Hamas. The Israeli military also pounded a Hamas site in central Gaza. There are no reports of possible causalities. The air strikes followed after Israel claimed it shot down a rocket fired from Gaza over the weekend. There was no Palestinian claim for that launch but Israel has conducted aerial and ground attacks citing similar pretexts in the past.

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