Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Portugal lets in Moroccan workers, hopes to stop traffickers

Jan. 12, 2022 12:18 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Morocco signed an agreement Wednesday setting out legal guidelines for Moroccans to live and work in the European Union country, as part of an effort by the two countries to fight illegal migration and human trafficking. The deal came after...

Spanish police nab drug smugglers who used helicopters

Jan. 09, 2022 06:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said Sunday they dismantled a drug-trafficking ring that allegedly brought hashish and marijuana from Morocco to southern Spain by helicopter and then transported it to France by road. The Guardia Civil said in a statement it seized 2.4 metric tons...

Cries in dark trigger migrant search in sea off Spain

Jan. 03, 2022 07:58 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescue services searched off the country’s southeast coast Monday for 10 migrants missing at sea, after a passing vessel heard cries during the night from people in the water. Emergency crews pulled 16 survivors and three bodies from the Mediterranean Sea...

Egypt pushes for calm after flare-up in Gaza hostilities

Jan. 02, 2022 13:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Egyptian officials Sunday pushed for Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip to rein in hostilities and adhere to a cease-fire in place since the war in May. The Egyptian efforts came a day after Hamas militants launched rockets into the Mediterranean...

Satellite images show smoldering wreckage at Syria port

Dec. 30, 2021 06:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Satellite images taken this week over the Syrian port of Latakia show the smoldering wreckage after a reported Israeli missile strike, hours after firefighters contained a massive blaze. The raid launched from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday was among the biggest...

US warships stay in Mediterranean amid Ukraine, Russia fears

Dec. 28, 2021 15:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group to stay in the Mediterranean Sea region rather than move on to the Middle East, amid worries about the buildup of thousands of Russian troops near the Ukraine border. A defense...

Fire contained after reported Israeli attack on Syrian port

Dec. 28, 2021 12:55 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Firefighters contained a blaze that raged for hours in Syria's port of Latakia on Tuesday, officials said, hours after Israel launched missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, igniting the fire in the container terminal. It was the second such attack on the vital facility this month. ...

Red Crescent: Bodies of 27 migrants wash ashore in Libya

Dec. 26, 2021 09:53 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of 27 Europe-bound migrants, including a baby and two women, have washed ashore in western Libya, the country’s Red Crescent said, describing the latest tragedy involving migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of better lives in Europe. ...

UN: Over 160 migrants drown in shipwrecks off Libya

Dec. 21, 2021 06:50 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — More than 160 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks off Libya over past week, a United Nations migration official said Tuesday. The fatalities were the latest disasters in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Safa Msehli, a...

Spanish city braces for flooding from swollen Ebro River

Dec. 14, 2021 11:19 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in the Spanish city of Zaragoza braced Tuesday for a critical surge in the level of the Ebro River, after flooding further upstream in recent days was blamed for two deaths. The river’s flow rate climbed to 2,000 cubic meters (70,600 cubic feet) a second...