Mediterranean Sea - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Mediterranean Sea


Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

UN: Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 pass 5,000

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Deaths increased in 2016 because migrant smugglers are increasingly using poor quality vessels while also trying to pack more people on boats

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

UN fears deaths on rise among migrants crossing Med to Europe

Sep 20, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED The figure is far fewer than the 520 000 who arrived during the first 9 months of 2015

A handout picture released on August 19, 2016 by the Italian Red Cross shows crew members of the flagship rescue vessel Phoenix, a rescue boat run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI), recovering the corpses of two women, one man and a baby in the Mediterranean Sea on August 18, 2016. Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/Handout/AFP

EgyptAir black boxes impossible to recover before 12 days

May 29, 2016 - 10:00 PM

A specialized ship from French company Deep Ocean Search is en route to the suspected crash site in the Mediterranean

epa05328601 Flowers thrown by Egyptians seen on seashore during a gathering in memory of the victims of EgyptAir Flight MS804, Alexandria, Egypt, 25 May 2016. EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May while on route from Paris to Cairo. All 66 people onboard were killed in the accident that occurred for yet unknown reasons. EPA/MAHMOUD TAHA EGYPT OUT

Dozens of children drown as shipwrecks claim 700 lives, survivors say

May 29, 2016 - 6:52 PM

3rd UPDATE Survivors tell harrowing stories of their journeys in the Mediterranean

epa05330259 A handout picture released by the European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (Eunavformed) on 26 May 2016 shows people in stress on their overturned boat in Canal of Sicily off the Libyan coast, 25 May 2016. The Italian navy said it had recovered five bodies from the overturned migrant ship. Over 550 migrants on board were rescued safely. EPA/EUNAVFOR MED OHQ / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Italy threatens to 'hurt' Europe if it doesn't get help with migrants

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The EU is having difficulty getting consensus for its proposed migrant distribution plan but Italy is hoping an EU summit on 25 June will go even further

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterraean. Crown Copyright/EPA

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Meanwhile mass drownings in the Mediterranean have claimed nearly 1 800 lives so far this year

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Crown Copyright/Handout/EPA

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Italy s wealthy North vow that it will refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more are rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships

LOOKOUT. A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on June 7, 2015 of a Royal Marine (R) preparing to receive rescued migrants safely onboard an HMS Bulwark Landing Craft during Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean on June 7, 2015. ETWE (CIS) L George/Royal Navy/MOD/Handout/EPA

Migrants plead for help from Italian coastguards

May 31, 2015 - 1:27 PM

We need your help we need your help please

NERVE CENTER. Officers and staff of the italian Coast Guard, control the vessel traffic in the Italian Mediterranean area, in the control center at the headquarters of Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP

4,200 migrants rescued in Med, 17 dead – coastguard

May 30, 2015 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED Rescuers find 17 bodies on 3 inflatable dinghies from which more than 300 other migrants are rescued alive

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout photo provided by the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows migrants being transferred from a wooden boat to their rescue ship MY Phoenix in the Mediterranean Sea, 14 May 2015. File photo by Ikram N'gadi/MSF/EPA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Record numbers trying and dying to reach Europe – UN

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:20 PM

More than 207 000 people have made the crossing almost three times the previous high recorded in 2011 with about 60 000 coming from war torn Syria says the UNHCR

A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. Mike Palazzotto/EPA

Syria's sarin precursor chemicals destroyed

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:13 PM

The precursor chemical was neutralised with two field hydrolysis systems installed on the Cape Ray

The Spanish patrol boat Infanta Elena (P-76), left, escorts the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) through the Strait of Gibraltar en route to the Mediterranean Sea June 26, 2014. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks

UN urges Europe to bolster Mediterranean plan as migrant toll hits 800

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:50 PM

UN refugee agency chief: The death of 260 people in less than ten days in the most horrifying of circumstances is evidence that the Mediterranean crisis is intensifying

SAFE ASHORE. Migrants, rescued in the Channel of Sicily, arrive on the ship 'Vega' of the Italian Navy at the port of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy, 23 July 2014. Franco Cufari/EPA