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Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boat

Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boatWith hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman Muath Abu Zeid has turned litter into a floating source of income. The Palestinian father-of-four used glue and old nets to bind the bottles into a small fishing boat that he hopes will help him support his family. A broad slab of wood lashed to the top serves as a seat, allowing the Abu Zeid to row a few hundred meters out from shore — far enough to go fishing.



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Israel intercepts second Gaza-bound activist boat

Israel intercepts second Gaza-bound activist boatThe Israeli navy intercepted a Swedish-flagged activist boat bent on breaching its more than decade-long blockade of Gaza, the second in less than a week, the military said on Saturday. “The ship was monitored and was intercepted in accordance with international law,” the military said in a statement, before the vessel, named Freedom for Gaza and carrying 12 people, was taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod. “The (military) clarified to the ship’s passengers that they are violating the legal naval blockade and that any humanitarian merchandise can be transferred to Gaza through the Port of Ashdod,” the statement said.



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Migrants' return to Libya by Italian boat could breach international law -UN

Migrants' return to Libya by Italian boat could breach international law -UNA rescue operation in which an Italian towboat rescued more than 100 migrants and returned them to Libya earlier this week may have been in breach of international law, the United Nations said on Tuesday. According to Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms, an Italian towboat rescued 108 migrants from international waters on Monday and took them to Libya, their country of departure. This would constitute a breach of international law, under which migrants rescued in international waters cannot be returned to a place where their lives are put in danger.



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Family Of Duck Boat Drowning Victims Files $100 Million Lawsuit

Family Of Duck Boat Drowning Victims Files $  100 Million LawsuitRelatives of two drowning victims are seeking $ 100 million in damages after 17



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One killed, nine injured in boat explosion in the Bahamas

One killed, nine injured in boat explosion in the Bahamas12 people were aboard a boat in the Bahamas when it exploded, killing one American woman, police say. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.



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American Woman Killed, 9 Hurt in Tour Boat Explosion in the Bahamas

American Woman Killed, 9 Hurt in Tour Boat Explosion in the BahamasThe boat exploded off the coast of Exuma Saturday morning



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Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boatMILAN (AP) — Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters.



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Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doors

Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doorsBy Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) – Italy will refuse to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 migrants dock at its ports and has asked the Mediterranean island of Malta to open its doors to the vessel, government officials said on Sunday. Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic rift between the two European Union allies. The move by Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the far-right League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of migrants into the country.



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Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doors

Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doorsBy Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) – Italy will refuse to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 migrants dock at its ports and has asked the Mediterranean island of Malta to open its doors to the vessel, government officials said on Sunday. Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic rift between the two European Union allies. The move by Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the far-right League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of migrants into the country.



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Spain will accept disputed migrant rescue boat 'running out of provisions' in Mediterranean 

Spain will accept disputed migrant rescue boat 'running out of provisions' in Mediterranean A rescue boat stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean with more than 600 asylum seekers on board could head for the city of Valencia after Spain said it will accept the ship.  The crew of the Aquarius boat had said it had food and water for just two to three days, amid a tense standoff between Malta and Italy. Rome and Valletta have both refused to accept the Aquarius, which was left in limbo between Sicily and Malta until the Spanish prime minister’s office said it would be accepted by Valencia. The Aquarius, operated by the humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres, has 629 migrants on board after carrying out a series of rescues off the coast of Libya at the weekend. They include 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 younger children and seven pregnant women. The number of migrants on board is well over the ship’s capacity of 550 people. Migrants are rescued by crew members of the Aquarius search and rescue ship in the central Mediterranean Sea Credit: Karpov/Reuters Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office just over a week ago, has given instructions for the boat to be admitted to the eastern port of Valencia, his office said in a statement on Monday afternoon. If the Aquarius began to run out of food, water or medicines, Italy could have sent vessels from Sicily, 35 nautical miles away, to replenish supplies. Map: Asylum seeker boat stranded off Italy Many of the adults on board, particularly the men, have scars and injuries from having been beaten or tortured in Libya, where migrants are routinely subjected to shocking human rights abuses, the crew said. Others are suffering from burns caused by the noxious mix of petrol and seawater that often sloshes around in the bottom of the rubber boats in which the migrants are packed. “All the migrants are exhausted and dehydrated,” Dr Beversluis told La Repubblica newspaper. Life jackets are handed out to migrants as they are rescued on Saturday by the crew of the MV Aquarius Credit: Karpov/Reuters The closure of Italy’s ports to the Aquarius was announced on Sunday by Matteo Salvini, the interior minister, who is also the leader of the hard-Right League party. He has long called for “the business of clandestine migration” to be shut down and has accused NGOs of operating a “taxi service” that brings largely economic migrants, rather than refugees, from Libya to Italy. He posted a photo of himself in Twitter, staring at the camera with his arms crossed, under the hashtag #chiudiamoiporti – “We’re closing the ports”. #chiudiamoiportipic.twitter.com/TusUnoHUiw— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) June 10, 2018 He said Italy would deny permission to a second NGO vessel, with hundreds more migrants on board. "Today the Sea Watch 3 ship of a German NGO flying a Dutch flag is off the Libyan coast waiting to take on the umpteenth load of immigrants to bring to Italy again," Mr Salvini wrote on Twitter. "Italy has stopped bowing its head and obeying, this time there is someone who says no.” A file photo of the rescue vessel MV Aquarius, taken 24 nautical miles off the Libyan coast Credit: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s new prime minister, said that the country had once again been abandoned by the rest of the EU and left in “total isolation”. The government accused Malta of having refused to accept boatloads of migrants for years, instead palming off the responsibility to Italy. The migrants were rescued by the Aquarius, which is operated by the Medecins Sans Frontieres and Sos Mediterranee charities Credit: Karpov/SOS MEDITERRANEE But the mayors of several Italian port cities, including Palermo, Naples, Reggio Calabria and Messina, said they were ready to defy the government and accept the migrants. “We’ve always welcomed rescue boats and ships who saved lives at sea. We will not stop now,” said Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of Palermo in Sicily. “Salvini…has once again shown that we are under an extreme far-Right government.’’ Macron Africa migration plan In reality, however, the mayors would need the cooperation of the Italian coast guard and other national authorities in order to accept the stranded migrants. MSF called for a swift end to the crisis and a safe port in which to disembark the migrants. The charity retweeted a video on Twitter of migrants praying onboard. Las mujeres, al despertarse, rezan. 'All I have to say: thank you, God' ( Sólo puedo dar gracias a Dios). #aquarius@MSF_Sea@rnepic.twitter.com/gtlIx5mx4n— SaraAlonsoEsparza (@SAlonsoEsparza) June 11, 2018 As they woke up on Monday morning they began to ask the crew why the ship was no longer moving. “All 629 people rescued in Mediterranean are unaware of ongoing diplomatic standoff,” MSF tweeted on Monday.



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