Malta boat sinking ‘leaves 500 dead’ – IOM

About 500 migrants are feared dead after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, a migration body said. Two Palestinian survivors told the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that the boat had

About 500 migrants are feared dead after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, a migration body said.

Two Palestinian survivors told the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that the boat had been intentionally sunk by traffickers.

They said the boat had left Damietta in Egypt in early September.

The IOM says that more than 2,500 people are now believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.

News of the sinking near Malta emerged as another vessel carrying 250 people sank off the coast of Libya.

Over 200 people are feared to have drowned in that incident.

‘Violent confrontation’

IOM spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume said that the two survivors from the Malta sinking were rescued on Thursday, the day after their boat sank.

They said traffickers rammed the boat after a “violent confrontation” on board. The IOM said there were nine known survivors in total.

The boat had been carrying Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese, the survivors said.

 

The passengers, who included women and children, were reportedly told to move to a smaller, less safe boat. When they refused, the traffickers sank the larger vessel, the eyewitnesses said.

The Maltese authorities have not yet commented on the incident.

The UN says more than 130,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea this year, compared with 80,000 this year. Italy has received more than 118,000 migrants, the UN said.

Many attempt to cross from North Africa and the Middle East in unsafe and overcrowded vessels.

The UN’s Andrej Mahecic told the BBC that more than half of those arriving by boat were refugees from Syria and Eritrea.

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  • Wadiya September 15, 2014

    antee maryam asmereyti kfu’e aytsem’ena: mekerana Hasarna beziHu alo:

    oh! damn Gedli! weren’t we living in relative peace than this hell worshiped by Gedli Romantics before you showed up in my village?

    • hager bahri September 16, 2014

      መጀመርታ ሓወይ እወታዊ ትስፉውኩን ኹን
      ጾሎት ክትገብር ከላኻ ‘ኣንቲ ማርያም ኣስመረይቲ ጽቡቕ ኣስምዕና’ በል

      • Wadiya September 16, 2014

        ኣንታ ክቡር ሓው፤

        ተስፋን እወታን ይትረፍ፤ ሽታ ተስፋን ሰላምን ካብ ዘይንርኢ፣ እነሄና ሓምሳ ዓመትና ኣቑጺርና እኮ ኢና።
        ኣብዘን ዝሓለፋ ዓሰርተው ሽድሽተ ዓመታት እሞ፣ ጉልባብና ሓሳርን መከራን ተደሪዕና፤ ጓሂ ተቐኒትና እኔና።
        ስለዚ ንማርያም ኣስመረይቲ፣ ጽቡቕ ዘየለ እናፈልጥኩ፣ ጽቡቕ ኣስምዕና ኣይብላን፤ እንታይ ደኣ ክፉእ ኣይተስምዕና። ጽቡቕ ኣስምዕና ኢሎም ክማህለሉ ዘለዎም፤ ኣውሮጵውያን ኣሜሪካውያን ቻይናውያን መሰልቶም ጥራይ እዮም። ንሕና ደኣ ዘይጠቕሙ ቁንጣሮ ናይ ራሻይዳን በድዊን ዓረብን እንዶ ኣይኮኑን ዞኽዞኽ ኣቢሎም ዝጻወቱልና ዘለዉ። ሰብኣውነት ካብ ሰብኣውነትና ካብ ዝወርድ፤ ነዊሕ ጌሩ እዩ። እሞ ካብ ድቃስና ንባራበር። ካብ ኤርትራዊ ዝሓስር ሰብዶ ኣብዛ ዓለምና ኣሎ ኾይኑ?

        እዚ ድማ ፋይዳ ናይቶም፣ “ገድሊ መሪሕና ኢና” ዝብሉ ምስሉያት ቶዃሉ እዩ፤ ብመንነቶም ታሪኾም ቋንቋታቶም ዘይኮርዑ ፈገረግር።

        ኣዚ ወድሓንካ፤
        ካብ ሃገረ ዋድያ

        • hager bahri September 16, 2014

          ዝፈሰስሰ ኣይሕፈስ ጓህሪ ኣይኩለስ
          ኣብ ጥፉእ ኣይትዛረብ ክፋእ
          ካብ ነበረኒ እነኤኒ
          ኤርትራውያን ብዘይካ ትስፍዋት ኮይይና ምጽላይ፡ ምቅላስ ድማ ብዓቢኡ ካልእ ኣማራጺ የብልናን

  • Berhe September 16, 2014

    LOMI ke entay eyu negeru? AB ERITREA AYA do alewa? eza hager bhaki SEBDO alewa?
    waydeqey.toba.

  • abraham September 16, 2014

    BARNET lemidnayo hgi dma MOT lemidnayo. Ahh habtam merietn tsruy kunetat ayern bahrn hizka nabey tikeyd alekha eritrawi?tezareb mels eritrawi,100 sebat kefilna lewti keynemtsie millionat genzebn ashhat hiwetn kefilna nhadm kulu hzbi eritrea dma merdee mot deku kikhbeln kitsiben yiwieln yihadrn

  • Wedi_Hagher September 16, 2014

    “እዚ ድማ ፋይዳ ናይቶም፣ “ገድሊ መሪሕና ኢና” ዝብሉ ምስሉያት ቶዃሉ እዩ፤ ብመንነቶም ታሪኾም ቋንቋታቶም ዘይኮርዑ ፈገረግር።”

    Wadyia

    “Anta fandiya”, insulting ghedli won’t help you. You are always ready to inject poison and hopelessness in every posting on the forum.
    While your cousin is killing Eritrea, you are doing your part posing as an Eritrean who hates his country and people. When you think we will never know who you are you are cheating yourself.

    • Moges.G September 17, 2014

      Wedi-Hagher
      “Anta kondaf sahab gimel”, insulting the brilliant Wadyia won’t help you either. You are so coward and rootless that you always come up with same old recycled garbage. Yes, the old “ghedli romantics” saga that brought us nothing but agony and shame has already lost its lust and it is about to end. Your ghedli is also the school of master arts in evil-hood. You must be a sad ghedli or Sawa graduate with no future in the real world. You also remind me of the old saying “Sirah ziseane sarto kidawnti fetiHu yisefi”, indeed just like the hopeless and unemployed ‘wedi-hagher’ comedian.

  • Mulue September 16, 2014

    Amlak kabzi tekula mengsti ni Eritrana anagifu bi dekebat timehaderelu Zemen kihibena ena tesfa nigebir!!!! Baelu Luul Amlak Fkrin Snitin hibu Rahwa yihabena!!!!

  • ahmed saleh September 17, 2014

    It is better to confront and fight for your right than to run immaturely for the worst ending . For the last
    couple of years we heard about the expected dangers outside the country . Many refugees lost their life and
    some of them with unheard way of human cruelty and others on that SEA OF DEATH . After all of these events ,
    It is very confusing , frustrating to see people again and again to go through the same path to take risk on
    their life safety .
    MOT BMOTU KEM GEGANU AYATATKUM BKHBRET AB MERIET ADI ABOKHUM MUMAT YIHAYISH KAB KEMZI AYNET ZEHZN MOT .
    Eritreans paid heavy price so far and it must be stopped . Search for other alternatives even if it requires
    violence to bring the needed urgent solution . Because of few corrupted evils to see the whole society in a
    verge of mental depression and despair make you sick to the stomach .

  • Medhanie Estifanos September 17, 2014

    The revolving problem in the developing world, especially in Africa,is the failure of creating and sustaining an active civil society that participates through various forms (judicial means, press, voting etc…) of ensuring transparency and accountability of the ruling party or administration, requiring good governance, and protecting their inalienable universal rights from ever eroding.

    The people of Eritrea have suffered tremendously over the past 60 years, and yet despite the heroic efforts of our forefathers, the sought after freedoms are still void and non-existent.

    The continued struggle is not against Ethiopia and other external forces, but developing and sustaining strong public participation through democratic means, and thus, bring about the rule of law, peace, and prosperity.

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