Migrants killed in ‘religious clash’ on Mediterranean boat – BBC

Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy. The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are

Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy.

The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are all feared dead.

In a separate incident, more than 40 people drowned after another migrant boat sank between Libya and Italy.

Almost 10,000 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean have been rescued in recent days. Italy has called for more help from the EU to handle the crisis.

More than 500 people from Africa and the Middle East have died making the perilous crossing since the start of the year. Earlier this week, 400 people were believed to have drowned when their boat capsized.

More than 40 people have drowned in the latest sinking of a migrant boat between Libya and Italy.

The Italian navy rescued four people. Almost 10,000 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean have been plucked from the sea in recent days.

Separately, Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants for allegedly throwing 12 Christians overboard on the boat carrying them.

Italy has called for more help from the EU to handle the migrant crisis.

Hundreds of migrants have died making the perilous crossing since the start of the year. Earlier this week, about 400 people were believed to have drowned when their boat capsized.

In the latest sinking, the survivors – a Ghanaian, two Nigerians, and a man from Niger – told Italian police their inflatable boat sank not long after leaving the coast of Libya with 45 people on board.

They were rescued by the Italian navy and arrived in Sicily on Thursday along with 600 other migrants trying to make the crossing in various vessels.

Earlier on Thursday Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy had “not had an adequate response from the EU”.

But the European Union has said it has no “silver bullet” for the problem of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

In the latest sinking, the Italian navy plucked four survivors – a Ghanaian, two Nigerians, and a man from Niger – from the sea and took them to Sicily along with 600 other migrants trying to make the crossing in various vessels.

They told the police their inflatable boat sank not long after leaving the coast of Libya with 45 people on board.

‘In tears’

Meanwhile, police in Palermo say that 15 Muslim migrants, who travelled on another boat, were arrested on charges of “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate”, after several surviving migrants came forward and told them of an altercation which resulted in 12 Christians being thrown overboard.

The men who have been charged come from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea.

They were among 105 migrants travelling in an inflatable boat that left Libya on Tuesday.

The survivors, also Christians, told police that they had only been saved because they strenuously resisted any attempt to be thrown overboard, which in some cases led to them forming a human chain.

Many of them were in tears when they gave their statement, the police added.

Earlier on Thursday Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy had “not had an adequate response from the EU”.

But the European Union has said it has no “silver bullet” for the problem of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Last year a record 170,000 people fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East made the perilous crossing to Italy.

With improving weather conditions in recent days, the number of people making the crossing of at least 500km (310 miles) has surged. But vessels provided by people smugglers are often underpowered and overcrowded.

€2.8m (£2m) a month goes on Operation Triton, the border control policy that operates off the Italian coast. Monitoring the Mediterranean may not be enough, says commission spokesperson Natasha Bertaud. “We have neither the money nor the political support to launch a European border guard system,” she told reporters.

Triton has proved an inadequate replacement for the Italian military search-and-rescue operation Mare Nostrum, which cost three times as much. That 2013 mission was activated after a similar tragedy, when 300 migrants drowned.

The Italian government has requested more financial help from the EU, but the question is: how much money are the 28 member states willing to invest?

Only 22 of the members are supporting the current system. Others, including the UK, opted out, describing the policy as unintentionally encouraging more migrant attempts to make the crossing.

 

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  • Teclay April 18, 2015

    Assena//anti-higdef

    anti-higdef,,,You keep calling anyone who do not agree with you ‘aka Teclay’.Assena moderators know that i have never changed my name ,and i will never intend to ,while i knew the majority agree with me.This is enough for you and please i do not want to argue with you. You are not my standard and i do not want to go down as low as you either.

    Assena

    From the above anti-higdef posting “……there isn’t any chance for a small bastard like you….. ”

    Can you read it? where is the famous “Assena guidelines “?:
    You keep deleting my comments in the name of Assena guidelines even though,i have never insulted any religion or ethnic group .I challenge you to post it if one.
    I think it is my right to believe Ghedli is the source of all our humiliation and the old educated brothers hadn’t done enough to warn from the consequences of Ghedli(they took am opportunistic stand).
    This is my stand. can i have my point of view as a free man?

    • Anti-Higdef April 19, 2015

      “i have never insulted any religion or ethnic group .I challenge you to post it if one.”

      Teclay

      Do you think people on this forum are a bunch of stupids … come on ..

      You are and addicted abuser of Eritrean Muslims, and that is why you cannot stop bad mouthing them.
      If you think people will never know who you are, you are wrong, and here is the bad news for you:

      Every time you post a comment and you see something like “waiting for moderation”, your comment ends up in the moderator’s email box. The moderator can look at the header of the email to see from where it’s coming depending on its IP and some other details that show how it got there through different SMTP relay systems. With the latter and a bit of technical work he/she will know who is sending the comment. There are bits of technical information in that email than can be used with tools freely available on the net, to find out in which part of the country/city you are located. If you are using a DSL connection at home or you have a internet on your mobile, he/she will be able to get access even to your personal data.
      Now, you may think this is not a problem, because in any case Assenna will not give anyone you IP, hence, you are safe. If you continue insulting Eritrean Muslims, someone may even think to get an authorized access to the servers where Assenna has hosted its website, to get whatever is necessary info to know who you are. Only stupid people think, technology can help him/her hide who they are so that they can take freedom to abuse people, instigate religious hatred and engage in illegal activity. Because even it does, it cannot do it all along. At some point you will be uncovered.
      My advice to you … please don’t insult Eritrean Muslims. There is no point in doing it. Keep you hatred for yourself. While we all need to focus on the positive change we want bring in our country , a few like who are serving foreign interest should not be allowed to use diversion tactics to inject poison in our discussion. Please stop it. “Uomo avvisato mezzo salvato”.

      • Teclay April 19, 2015

        anti higdef

        Please ,i told you already, i do not want to argue with you as you are not my standard .Is that clear for you?
        I do not need any lecture from you, about the rule of law. I am living under a civilized civil law in 2015 not under the barbaric savage 7th century Bedewin rule.

        • Anti-Higdef April 20, 2015

          Teclay , you know … bastards, don’t grow.

  • Weyo April 19, 2015

    Read the news on what is happening against Ethiopian Eritrean and many African Christians in the savage Arab world and the many news.
    This is not new. This had been happening in the Islamic-Arab world in Sudan, Libya and Egypt, in the so called “Arab Passage”, and also in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon …
    Do not be surprised if some narrow minded groups or individuals are trying to shut many news and comments made here in Assenna; many of these narrow minded ones are trying to defend the Arab regimes, institutions and mafias that are shirking their responsibilities to defend the many Eritrean and African refugees and migrant workers. These narrow groups will as always jump to attack anyone who are condemning the Jihadist Arab terrorists.

    “M. Said on April 17, 2015 at 7:54 am said:

    The reason it is making headlines world wide due to the basic aspect of journalism. “Dog bites a man is not a news” But “a man bites a dog” is a news. Muslims are killed under various reasons and they are not getting such media attention.”

    “AHMED SALEH on April 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm said:

    rezen

    Dirty politics couldn’t win the mind and heart of genuine nationals.”

    “AHMED SALEH on April 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm said:

    Do not blame negative commentators while the monitors of this forum encourage offensive and dubious messages to
    create religious suspicion among Eritreans attempts against”

    “M. Said on April 17, 2015 at 7:54 am said:
    “Dog bites a man is not a news” But “a man bites a dog” is a news. Muslims are killed under various reasons and they are not getting such media attention.”

    “Kilo on April 17, 2015 at 9:59 am said:
    if every time extremists kill people you want insult Islam, then you are doing it purposely to put Eritreans against each other. We will not allow to divert our issues.
    Unfortunately, some of you who are quick to accuse Islam, forget that Ethiopia too can be affected, hence you.”

    “AHMED SALEH on April 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm said:

    Fanko

    ….Your African brothers with arrogant pride are doing same evil
    deeds against African immigrants in South Africa . You can
    bring an excuse but the truth is it starts from stupidly , hatred
    and vendetta against anybody who differ from you .”

  • Paulos April 20, 2015

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    ስለ ዝመረረኒ ኽኣ ኽዛረብ እየ።

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    ዓመታትካኽ ኽም ዕድመ ወዲ ሰብ ድየን፥

    ስለምንታይ ዳኣ ኃጢኣተይ እትምርምር፥
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