Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Hezbollah warns Israel over border dispute with Lebanon

Aug. 09, 2022 06:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group issued a warning Tuesday to archenemy Israel over the two countries’ maritime border dispute, saying that “any arm” that reaches to steal Lebanon’s wealth “will be cut off.” Hassan Nasrallah's remarks...

Ukraine grain headed for Lebanon under wartime deal delayed

Aug. 07, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The scheduled arrival Sunday of the first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal has been delayed, a Lebanese Cabinet minister and the Ukraine Embassy said. The cause of the delay was not immediately clear and Marine Traffic, which...

Italy's Salvini pledges to move migrant centers to N. Africa

Aug. 04, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s firebrand former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, put migration at the center of his electoral campaign during a visit Thursday to Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, a gateway for tens of thousands of people crossing the perilous central Mediterranean Sea to...

Lebanon, Israel closer to deal in maritime border dispute

Aug. 01, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon and Israel are getting closer to reaching a deal in a more than a decade-old maritime border dispute between the two neighbors, a U.S. envoy and Lebanese officials said Monday. Lebanon and Israel have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948...

EU court limits national checks for migrant rescue ships

Aug. 01, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Monday that national maritime authorities cannot impound ships involved in search-and-rescue work on suspicion that they might be overloaded due to the number of migrants they plucked from the sea. The European Court of Justice...

Hezbollah airs video of Israeli barges in disputed gas field

Jul. 31, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah on Sunday aired drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the tension at the center of U.S.-mediated maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel. The footage was aired as the U.S. energy...

Rescue ship gets OK to bring 438 rescued migrants to Italy

Jul. 29, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian organization's maritime rescue ship was sailing Friday to the Italian mainland to disembark 438 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, where many people smugglers are based. Sea-Watch said the ship was expected to reach...

Italy opens humanitarian corridor for 300 Afghan refugees

Jul. 25, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The first of some 300 Afghan refugees arrived in Rome on Monday along a new humanitarian corridor organized by the Italian government, charities and international organizations, Italy's Foreign Ministry announced. The humanitarian corridor aims to give “additional...

Mediterranean ships find 5 dead, rescue over 1,100 migrants

Jul. 24, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian vessels have recovered five bodies and rescued 674 people packed on a fishing boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard said Sunday, while European charities reported saving more than 500 more. Some of the survivors had to...

Israeli leader warns Hezbollah during visit to border

Jul. 19, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new prime minister paid an unannounced visit to the border with Lebanon on Tuesday, threatening to unleash a harsh military response to what he described as “unacceptable” aggression by the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group. The visit came at a time...