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Death Boat: 10 women and 31 children die in boat accident off Egypt’s coast

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600 migrants lost their lives when their bank sank off the Egyptian coast in the Mediterranean on Wednesday killing some 42 people whiles 150 others were rescued.

Rescue operations are continuing to find other potential passengers of the latest migrant disaster in the Mediterranean region. The boat is said to have sank near Rosetta, a city on the north coast of Egypt, police officials told AFP.

“There are 42 dead,’‘ the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Khaled Megahed, confirmed to AFP revising upwards an earlier death toll of 30.

According to reports from the small town of Matbouss, north of Rosette, where the ship sank, the victims of the accident included 10 women, 31 children and a young man.

“There are Egyptians, Sudanese, Eritreans, Somalis, Syrians,” an official in Matbousse toldAFP via telephone, adding that the ship had taken off at three in the morning before sinking three hours later, 12 kilometers from the coast.

In a statement on Wednesday, Egyptian Prime Minister, Ismail Sharif, called for the “provision of all necessary care to survivors” and for authorities to “prosecute those responsible for the shipwreck”.

Since the beginning of spring, an increasing number of fishing boats have left the northern coast of Egypt with hundreds of people on board, most of these migrants were rescued.

However, there are no recent sinking example of this magnitude near the Egyptian coast. Over at the Rosetta hospital, dozens of people gathered in search of their family members.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the boat departures to Egypt account for about 10% of arrivals in Europe. This trip usually includes several perilous transfers at sea on boats in poor condition.

The Egyptian army announced Tuesday it had intercepted 68 migrants aboard a boat that was to undertake the crossing off the city of Marsa Matrouh (northwest).

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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