Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 29

ANKARA — Turkey denied on Tuesday an Armenian claim that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down an Armenian Su-25 warplane during conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“The claim that Turkey shot down an Armenian fighter jet is absolutely untrue,” said Fahrettin Altun, communications director of Turkey’s presidency. (Turkey-Armenia-Denial)

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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday was named the new emir after the death of the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The government prays for the success of the new ruler in his efforts to ensure the security and growth of the country, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Anas Al-Saleh said in a statement. (Kuwait-New Emir)

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BEIRUT — The Chinese Embassy in Lebanon offered on Tuesday 3,600 boxes of food donations which will be distributed by the Lebanese army among some 15,000 people impacted by Beirut port’s explosions.

“We hope that these donations help the most vulnerable people in Lebanon. The support reflects the depth of friendship between the Lebanese and Chinese people,” Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian told Xinhua. (Lebanon-China-Donation)

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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister warned on Tuesday that he has not ruled out “a preemptive strike against Iran.”

“A preemptive strike is a difficult thing to do,” he said during a memorial ceremony for the fallen soldiers of the 1973 October War between Israel and a coalition of Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria. (Israel-Iran-Strike)

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