Jan. 15 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL — Turkish police on Friday detained 12 academics who signed a declaration calling for a cease-fire between the Kurdish militants and Turkish security forces, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

TurkeyIt said the academicians were charged with “insulting the state” and “engaging in terrorist propaganda” by signing the declaration, according to the report. (Turkey-Academics-Detention)
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ADEN, Yemen — An explosion ripped through an oil pipeline connecting a main refinery in the port city of Aden early on Friday and a plume of smoke was seen rising from the site, local residents and officials told Xinhua. (Yemen-Blast)
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GAZA — The death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces and the Israeli gunfire in the Palestinian territories since early October climbed to 160, medical sources said Friday. (Gaza-Clashes)
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DAMASCUS — Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group started withdrawing from a key city in Aleppo province on the Syrian-Turkish borders on Friday, following the progress of the Syrian army in the northern province of Aleppo, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported.

The IS started pulling out of the city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province, as the Syrian army approached that city and became a few kilometers away from it. (Syria-IS) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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