Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ABOARD THE GEO BARENTS (AP) — Two vessels rescued around 190 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the coast of Libya, charities operating the vessels said Monday. The rescues came amid a spike in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean Sea. More...

UN concerned about detained migrants vanishing in Libya

Sep. 18, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

ON BOARD THE GEO BARENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — A U.N. migration agency official expressed concerns Friday over the disappearance of thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libya as more and more desperate people risk their lives trying to cross the...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

2 American men die while rock climbing on Spanish island

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Two Americans have died while climbing rocks along the shoreline on the Spanish island of Majorca, local media reported. Spanish emergency services recovered the bodies of the men aged 25 and 35 on Tuesday afternoon, Spanish private news agency Europa...

Libya arrests 2 suspected traffickers, returns 53 to Egypt

Sep. 13, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Libyan authorities arrested two suspected human traffickers and facilitated the return of more than 50 Egyptian migrants to their home country, officials said. Fifty-three Egyptians landed in Cairo’s international airport on a private flight late Sunday after...

Spain: Rescuers pulls 208 migrants from boats in sea, ocean

Sep. 04, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

Spanish rescuers pulled 208 migrants from small boats that were headed Saturday to either the Iberian Peninsula’s southern coast or Spain’s Canary Islands. Vessels operated by Spain's maritime rescue service intercepted the boats in the Mediterranean Sea and the...

Floods sweep cars into sea, damage homes in northeast Spain

Sep. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

ALCANAR, Spain (AP) — Many Spaniards on Thursday counted their losses and damage to homes and businesses caused by flooding produced by intense rain that continued falling over large areas of the country. The flash flooding, dangerous in some eastern parts of Spain...

UN: 17 presumed dead after migrant boat capsizes off Libya

Aug. 23, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat crowed with dozens of migrants capsized off Libya, and at least 17 people were presumed dead, a U.N. migration official said Monday. It was the latest disaster in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. The accident...

Secretive Israel-UAE oil deal endangers prized Eilat corals

Aug. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

EILAT, Israel (AP) — The Red Sea reefs off the Israeli resort of Eilat host some of the greatest coral diversity on the planet. A symphony in splendid technicolor, the reefs are among the world’s most resilient coral colonies against warming seas. They have also...

Tunisia: 6 migrants including 4 kids found dead in desert

Aug. 12, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Six migrants, including four children, have died of thirst in Tunisia's part of the Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria, the governor of Tunisia’s Tozeur region said Thursday. The migrants from sub-Saharan Africa died amid the heat wave...