Iran Lebanon fuel shipment
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says a second ship loaded with diesel coming from Iran has arrived in Syria. Hezbollah says the vessel arrived in Banias port, northwest Syria on Thursday. The shipment will be divided into smaller batches and will be transported to Lebanon by tankers. The first vessel carrying Iranian fuel to Lebanon arrived in Syria on September 12. More shipments are expected in the coming days. Iran is sending fuel to Lebanon to help it ease its crippling energy shortages triggered by a deep financial meltdown. Hezbollah has blamed the crisis on US sanctions targeting Lebanon.
Coronavirus decline in Iran
Iran witnesses a downward trend in its Coronavirus fatalities, reporting 284 new deaths, the lowest in nearly two months as the vaccination drive gathers momentum across the country. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Iran now stands at over 118,000. Health Ministry officials say over 15,000 new cases were also registered in the past day, bringing the overall caseload to more than five and a half million. This as the country has administered almost 50 million doses of vaccine so far. Iran experienced the fifth peak of COVID-19 in mid-August, with the number of daily infections then reaching over 50,000 and related deaths to over 700. The Delta variant of COVID-19 was blamed for the surge.
Ex-Catalan leader arrest
The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region has called for the immediate release of his exiled predecessor Carles Puigdemont, who was taken into custody in Italy. Pere Aragones says he would travel to the Italian island of Sardinia to stand by Catalonia’s former pro-independence leader. Puigdemont is set to appear before a court where Judges will decide on whether to let him go or extradite him to Spain. Puigdemont’s supporters have already gathered outside the Italian consulate in Barcelona to protest his arrest. The former Catalan leader is wanted by the Spanish government over a 2017 independence referendum in the region. At the time Madrid ruled the vote unconstitutional, and accused Puigdemont and several of his colleagues of sedition over the independence push. He fled to Belgium following the referendum.