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54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, EUROPE, LIBYA, TUNISIA, UN, UNHCR
Waiting at Tunisia’s port of El Ketef in Ben Guerdane to be transferred to a detention centre, the 54 undocumented migrants of different African nationalities aged between 15 and 40 years old -- who were rescued Friday while attempting to cross into Europe from Libya on Thursday night, from a sinking boat off the coast of the town near Tunisian waters by the country’s navy. Migrants from neighbouring Libya who have been shipwrecked in the central Mediterranean -- one of the most precarious migration routes, are regularly rescued by Tunisian agents. Information communicated by the United Nations which has counted 1,400 deaths in the Mediterranean last year and over 700 between January 1 and May 21 so far this year. Departures from Libya have risen sharply, with 11,000 departures f...

Hamas military delegation in Egypt to negotiate Israel prisoner swap: report

BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, Egypt, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel
A military delegation from Hamas is visiting Egypt for indirect talks with Israeli negotiators over an exchange of prisoners, sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. A military delegation from Hamas is in Cairo to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Israel, Egyptian sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. The head of Hamas's political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with the rival Palestinian Fatah movement amid reports that an Israeli security delegation was also present in the Egyptian capital. Sources said that the Hamas military delegation is headed by Marwan Issa, the chief of staff of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, the movement's armed wing. They added that Issa’s delegation would negotiate indirectl...
The U.S. Is Sending 1 Million Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities And Resort Spots

The U.S. Is Sending 1 Million Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities And Resort Spots

BORDER CROSSING, HEALTH, MEXICO, USA, World Health Organization
One million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are heading to Mexico from the U.S. with most of the shots set to service resort areas and spots along the border. The batch of vaccines is part of the 25 million excess doses the White House announced on Thursday would be shipped to other countries around the world. Much of the vaccine distribution will be through COVAX, an international system aimed at helping to vaccinate people in the world's poorest countries. In a bid to boost the country's economy, Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said much of those 1 million vaccines will be sent to Caribbean resort hotspots such as Cancún, Pacific coast resorts like Los Cabos, and cities along the U.S. border. Mexico, a country of roughly 130 million, has been hard hit b...