On September 13, the regime announced that it had successfully completed the launch of a new long-range cruise missile. According to the official KCNA agency, the missiles were launched on 11 and 12 September and traveled 1,500 kilometers before reaching their objectives. The US government has expressed its concern over a test that “threatens neighboring countries and the entire international community”.
On 12 September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (Aiea) reached an agreement with Tehran for the maintenance of surveillance equipment used to monitor the country’s nuclear activities. In February, the Iranian government had restricted access for IAEA inspectors to some nuclear facilities. The compromise could facilitate the resumption of international negotiations in Vienna on the country’s nuclear program.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid presented on September 12 a project that aims to improve the living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the commitment of the Hamas movement, in power in the territory, to “lower tensions”. The plan foresees in a first phase the repair of the power lines, the restoration of gas supplies and the construction of a water desalination plant, and subsequently the strengthening of the connections between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
On 12 September, journalist and human rights activist Hassan Bouras was indicted by a court in Algiers for “belonging to a terrorist organization, condoning terrorism and attacking state security”. About two hundred people are currently detained in the country for their links to the Hirak democracy activist movement.
On 12 September, the socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced her candidacy in the presidential elections of 10 April 2022. On the same day, Marine Le Pen, leader of the Rassemblement national (Rn, far right), left her number two Jordan Bardella the party leadership to devote himself to the election campaign.
The army announced on 12 September that three soldiers were killed and ten were wounded in clashes that broke out over the weekend with pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region in the east of the country. 53 soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the year, compared to fifty in the whole of 2020.
According to a report presented on September 12 by the NGO Global Witness, 227 activists committed to defending the environment were murdered in the world in 2020. This is the highest figure since the surveys began. The highest number of casualties was recorded in Colombia, with 65 activists killed.