Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

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Dubai Police shut traffic on the road and diverted vehicles to facilitate the arrival of ambulances and rescue teams. Courtesy Dubai Police
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Nine people were hurt when 28 vehicles got involved along Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Dubai Police
Updated 08 February 2018
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Thick fog blamed as second pile-up on UAE road in 3 days leaves 9 injured

DUBAI: Nine people were injured in a 28-vehicle pile-up on Thursday, just days after a road smash involving up to 70 vehicles, that left 22 hurt – two critically – both incidents happened in thick fog.
Thursday morning’s smash happened in Dubai on Emirates Road leading to Abu Dhabi.
Brig. Saif Muhair Al-Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, confirmed that reduced visibility caused by thick morning fog had led to the crash.
A similar incident occurred on Tuesday when dozens of vehicles piled-up in heavy fog on the E311 road, also known as the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road. Police said that people were driving too fast on that occasion considering the reduced visibility.
Dramatic footage of the accident, which happened at about 8 a.m. local time, showed people running for their lives as more vehicles ran into the mangled remains of other vehicles – in one case a lorry could be seen hitting and SUV, knocking it onto its roof.

Dubai Police closed the road on Thursday to allow emergency vehicles through, as well as to divert vehicles to places where they were able to park while not becoming part of the crash themselves, Al-Mazroui said.
With the foggy conditions hampering traffic safety, Al-Mazroui called on motorists to take extra precaution to reduce their speed, allowing sufficient breaking distance for vehicles in front. Here is another video of Tuesday’s accident:


‘Blast fishing’ thrives in Libya’s chaos

A Libyan man buys fish from a fishmonger at the Fish market in Tripoli on August 4, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 20 August 2018
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‘Blast fishing’ thrives in Libya’s chaos

  • There is still hope as long as some good fishermen respect the trade and go out at night with nets
  • The practice has its critics, including marine biologists, fishermen, and even religious leaders

TRIPOLI: Residents of Tripoli’s seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximize their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life.
Dynamite fishing, or “blast fishing,” has flourished — with impunity — since Libya’s 2011 uprising that left the country awash with weapons and explosives.
The Mediterranean country has since descended into chaos and violence, with two rival administrations struggling to impose the law and a myriad of militias vying for control of its oil wealth.
As a result, protecting fish stock and the environment are not a priority for the authorities, experts and officials say.
Haytham Ali, a newly-married teacher, lives less than 50 meters (yards) from the beach in the capital’s residential suburb of Hay Al-Andalous.
“My wife and I enjoy the peace and quiet of Friday mornings in our garden by the sea, but the explosions... as early as 7 am remind us of all that is wrong in this country,” he said.
Mariam, a 64-year-old widow, said the blasts frighten her grandchildren when they come to visit her home near the water.
“My whole house and my old windows shake with every blast... and I have to reassure my grandchildren that it’s only people fishing, not NATO bombs all over again,” she said, referring to the uprising that was backed by the Western alliance.
Dynamite fishing and the use of explosives without a permit are both officially against the law, but dynamite fishermen appear to be immune.
They even post anonymous videos online of sea water being propelled high into the sky and dozens of dazed or dead fish left behind on the surface.
“We hear (the blasts) but no one can do anything about it,” said Bannour Abu Kahal, head of the fisheries department in Garaboulli, east of Tripoli.

Some marine biologists, fishermen and fishmongers, and even religious leaders have tried to speak out against blast fishing but to no avail.
Using dynamite to catch fish “depletes the fish stock in the sea,” said Mokhtar, a fishmonger in central Tripoli, who declined to give his surname.
“This practice is not correct or healthy for the consumer” because it stuns the fish and shreds its skin, he said.
The explosives, known as “gelatine” in Libya, “kills the fish, the fish roe, larvae and sea plants,” said Fathi Al-Zaytuni, a fishmonger who uses nets for his catch.
The explosive devices used in Libya are mostly home-made and have caused dozens of deaths and injuries, according to media reports.
Lana news agency reported in March that three men from the same family died in a blast in the eastern city of Sirte as they were preparing bombs for blast fishing.

Sheikh Sadek Al-Ghariani, the country’s disputed top religious figure, has also waded into the controversy.
“If this type of fishing is banned by laws that regulate fishing, or if it is prejudicial to man and the environment, then it should not be practiced,” he said in a fatwa, religious edict, issued in 2013.
Abu Kahal, the fishing director in Garaboulli, urged “concerned authorities, especially the coast guard, to do their job and put an end to this kind of fishing.”
On a warm and humid August evening, retired fisherman Abdelrazag Al-Bahri, 72, sat at Tripoli port counting the few fishing boats heading out to sea to catch sardines.
“There is still hope as long as some good fishermen respect the trade” and go out at night to haul a catch the traditional way with nets, he said.
He said traditional fishing in Libya had mostly been the work of Egyptians and Tunisians but they had fled the country, with few Libyans now willing to replace them.