Dozens feared drowned off Libya coast

At least 50 migrants are feared drowned after their boat ran out of fuel and capsized off the Libyan coast. The dinghy, which had been carrying at least 100 people, had set off from Libya’s western city of Sabratha last Friday, local officials told the BBC. The vessel was adrift for days before it capsized […]

Teenage migrants 'deliberately drowned' by smugglers in Yemen

At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN’s migration agency says. They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler who apparently feared arrest. Some 27 survivors were found on a beach by the International Organization for Migration […]

UN Accuses Saudi-Led Coalition for Deaths off Yemen Coast

BY MICHELLE NICHOLS United Nations: UN investigators accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali migrant boat off Yemen and said the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday (July 26). The coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi militia in Yemen has denied striking the boat in the Red Sea near the port of Hodeidah. The […]

Migrants feared drowned off Morocco

Around 50 migrants are feared to have drowned in waters off the Moroccan coast, the Spanish coastguard has said. Rescue services managed to retrieve three “exhausted and disorientated” men from a half-sunk rubber dinghy near Spain’s Alboran Island. It is believed many more were originally on board. A coastguard spokeswoman said they had likely drowned, […]

Libya fishermen find 28 dead migrants in boat offshore

Libyan fishermen found the bodies of 28 illegal migrants who appeared to have died of thirst and hunger after their boat broke down off the coast of Sabratha city, a ministry of interior official said on Tuesday. Since Libya fell into chaos after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, the North African country is the main […]

Human traffickers, 83 migrants caught on luxury yacht

The Turkish Coast Guard has captured 83 people trying to cross into Italy illegally from the Aegean resort town of Çeşme in a U.S.-flagged luxury yacht. Some 82 of the smuggled migrants were Syrian, while one was an Afghan, according to security sources. Three more people on board, all of whom were Ukrainians, were also […]

Over 100 migrants drowned off Libya shores, survivor says

Cairo – A survivor of this week’s deadly migrant boat disaster says over 100 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast when their boat lost its engine shortly after starting their perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. The 31-year-old Gambian migrant told The Red Crescent’s branch in the Libyan city of Zawiya, where 74 bodies washed […]

5 die as migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

By Zafer Akpinar BALIKESIR, Turkey Five refugees drowned off Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast after their boat sank, Turkish official said on Tuesday. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Namik Kemal Nazli, the governor of the Ayvalik district of Balikesir province in western Turkey, said eight people were rescued out of the 13 on the boat when it […]

Migrant disaster: 'Skipper' guilty over 700 Mediterranean deaths

A Tunisian man has been found guilty by a court in Sicily of causing the sinking of a boat in which 700 migrants died in April 2015. Mohammed Ali Malek, accused of being the boat’s captain, faces 18 years in jail. He was also convicted of manslaughter and human trafficking. A Syrian was given a […]