Latest Mediterranean Sea News

UN: 43 Europe-bound migrants drown in shipwreck off Libya

Jan. 20, 2021 11:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, drowning at least 43 people, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday. The International Organization for Migration said the “tragic” shipwreck that took place a day earlier was...

A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Jan. 15, 2021 1:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, file photo, a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ma'ale Efrayim in the Jordan Valley. Israel's premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single

Leading human rights group calls Israel an 'apartheid' state

Jan. 12, 2021 1:09 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single "apartheid" regime, using an explosive term that the country's leaders and their supporters vehemently reject. In a report released Tuesday, B’Tselem says...

Migrants from Eritrea, Egypt, Syria and Sudan, are assisted by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, after fleeing Libya on board a precarious wooden boat in the Mediterranean sea, about 110 miles north of Libya, on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

Spanish-flagged boat rescues 265 migrants in Mediterranean

Jan. 3, 2021 10:08 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days. The Open Arms charity tweeted that its vessel on Saturday had safely brought aboard 96 migrants who had been adrift in a wooden boat with...

Palestinian militants watch a rocket fired during a military drill organized by military factions outside Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza militants fire rockets out to sea in military drill

Dec. 29, 2020 6:59 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. The Islamic militant group Hamas has ruled Gaza since seizing power from rival...

FILE - In this Sep. 9, 2020 file photo, migrants from different nationalities, mainly from Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, but also from Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia, including 14 minors and 4 women, rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel after being rescued in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea.  Tunisian authorities say 20 African migrants have been found dead after their boat, which was trying to reach Europe, sank in the Mediterranean Sea. Five survivors were rescued Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 and authorities are searching for up to 20 others believed missing. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing

Dec. 24, 2020 8:38 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — About 20 African migrants were found dead Thursday after their smuggling boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe, Tunisian authorities said. Five survivors were rescued and the Tunisian navy is searching for up to 20 others still believed missing. Tunisian...

UN: At least 120 migrants intercepted off Libya's coast

Dec. 17, 2020 11:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — More than 120 Europe-bound migrants, including eight women and 28 children, were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea by Libya's coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said on Thursday. The International Organization for Migration tweeted that a vessel carrying the migrants was stopped late...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting. The U.S.-mediated talks are being held in a tent at the U.N. post along the border known as Ras Naqoura, on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanon's president expresses hope for Israel border talks

Dec. 2, 2020 10:05 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president said Wednesday he wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and that disagreements during the last round of negotiations can be resolved based on international law. President Michel Aoun spoke during a meeting with John Desrocher, the U.S. mediator for the...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...

Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed

Nov. 30, 2020 5:51 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders that were scheduled to take place this week have been postponed, Israeli and Lebanese officials said Monday. The two countries have engaged in indirect, U.S.-mediated talks to draw a sea border, despite formally being in a...