Latest Mediterranean Sea News

UN renews ship inspections off Libya for smuggled migrants

Sep. 29, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize for another year the inspection of vessels off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the North African nation. The resolution reaffirms the...

'Don't leave me': Survivor recounts Lebanon boat sinking

Sep. 28, 2022 04:43 AM EDT

BOURJ HAMMOUD, Lebanon (AP) — Jihad Michlawi struggled to make ends meet as a chef in crisis-hit Beirut. The Palestinian had never considered taking a perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe until friends who did so persuaded him to try. Now, he's one of dozens of...

Turkey vows to defend interests against Greece amid tensions

Sep. 26, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday summoned the Greek ambassador to protest the alleged deployment of dozens of U.S.-made armored vehicles to Greek islands which Ankara says should remain demilitarized in line with international treaties. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned,...

6 migrants reported missing after boat reaches Greek beach

Sep. 22, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities mounted a sea-and-air search for six people reported missing by a group of migrants found Thursday on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Leros after crossing from the nearby Turkish coast in an inflatable dinghy. A separate operation was...

Spanish charity rescues 372 in central Mediterranean; 1 dead

Sep. 19, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS UNO (AP) — The Spanish charity Open Arms has rescued 372 people seeking to cross the central Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy smugglers' boats and recovered the corpse of a man who had been shot by smugglers, officials said Sunday. The rescue ship Open...

US envoy needs more time in Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute

Sep. 09, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over the two countries' disputed maritime border said Friday some progress has been made but that more work needs to be done to resolve the issue. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S....

61 migrants rescued by freighter off Malta reach Crete

Sep. 07, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 61 migrants picked up by a cargo ship from a crippled fishing boat in the central Mediterranean have safely reached the island of Crete hours after a severely ill child on the freighter died while being airlifted to Greece, Greek authorities said Wednesday. ...

61 migrants rescued by freighter off Malta landed on Crete

Sep. 07, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 61 migrants picked up by a cargo ship from a crippled vessel in the central Mediterranean have safely reached Crete hours after a severely ill child on the freighter died while being airlifted to the Greek island, authorities said Wednesday. It was...

Relatives lose contact with Lebanese migrant ship near Malta

Sep. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and relatives of Lebanese and Syrian migrants aboard a fishing boat taking on water near the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea said Tuesday they lost contact with the vessel overnight. The roughly 60 Lebanese and Syrian migrants on board had told...

Lebanon flotilla rallies at Israel sea border ahead of talks

Sep. 04, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters on Sunday sailed down the country’s coast in dozens of fishing boats and yachts toward Israel, days before a U.S. envoy is expected in Beirut to continue mediating in a maritime border dispute between the two countries. Lebanon and Israel, which...