World Bulletin / News Desk
Of the estimated 351,080 migrants and refugees that have already crossed the Mediterranean this year, some 173,571 people have arrived by sea in Italy while 171,875 have landed in Greece as of Sunday, IOM said.
Another 5,445 migrants reportedly landed in Spain, while 189 others landed in southern Cyprus. The latter two figures were last updated Sept. 30, and Nov. 27, respectively.
"The total number of migrant and refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016 is now 4,715. This is 1,148 more deaths than at this point last year, when 3,567 men, women and children were reported drowned through November 30," IOM added.
Of the 4,715 migrants and refugees who lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, 429 migrants died in the Eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece, according to the latest report.
Some 4,223 people died in the Central Mediterranean route linking north Africa and Italy, while 63 others perished in the Western Mediterranean route linking west Africa to Spain, the report said.
Turkish gendarmes on Tuesday apprehended 116 foreigners suspected of getting ready to illegally migrate from Izmir, Turkey’s western coastal province.
More than a million refugees and migrants traveled from Turkey to Greece last year before an EU-Turkey deal stemmed the flow in March.
The March 18 agreement allows for the return of “irregular migrants” to Turkey from Greece in exchange for Syrian refugees to be relocated within the EU.
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Mexico rejects claim, calling it 'manifestly false'
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The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
Icy roads contribute to at least 4 fatalities, fifth death attributed to exposure
Border patrol also harasses and uses violence against volunteers, who provide aid, reports say
Pentagon and U.S.-led coalition contradicted with each other on function of PYD/PKK-led SDF forces in Syria
Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York.
Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on Dec. 19 during an overnight raid
If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM
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Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
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