Richard Gere visits migrants stuck at sea in Mediterranean

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Actor Richard Gere, left, talks with migrants aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. Open Arms has been carrying 121 migrants for a week in the central Mediterranean awaiting a safe port to dock, after it was denied entry by Italy and Malta. (AP Photo)
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Actor Richard Gere, right, talks to a rescued migrant aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo)
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US actor Richard Gere helps to carry supplies aboard the Open Arms in the Mediterranean sea. (Reuters)
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Actor Richard Gere, center, talks with staff members of the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo)
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Actor Richard Gere, right, helps serve meals to migrants aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it cruises in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo)
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US actor Richard Gere surrounded by rescued migrants aboard the Open Arms in the Mediterranean sea. (Reuters)
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US actor Richard Gere talks to a rescued migrant aboard the Open Arms in the Mediterranean sea. (Reuters)
Updated 09 August 2019

Richard Gere visits migrants stuck at sea in Mediterranean

  • The Hollywood star took food and supplies by boat Friday to 121 people aboard the Open Arms, a rescue ship floating in international waters near the Italian island of Lampedusa
  • The 69-year-old actor carried fruit boxes on board and spoke to several migrants who had fled war-torn Libya on unseaworthy smuggling boats before being rescued

ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Actor Richard Gere is visiting rescued migrants on board a humanitarian ship that has been stuck in the Mediterranean Sea for over a week.
The Hollywood star took food and supplies by boat Friday to 121 people aboard the Open Arms, a rescue ship floating in international waters near the Italian island of Lampedusa after being blocked from entering ports in Italy and Malta.
The 69-year-old actor carried fruit boxes on board and spoke to several migrants who had fled war-torn Libya on unseaworthy smuggling boats before being rescued. Gere urged the world to “please support us here on Open Arms and help these people, our brothers and sisters.”
Other European countries have yet to respond to the aid group’s request for a solution to the impasse over the rescue ship.


Seven dead in mid-air collision in Mallorca

Updated 2 min 15 sec ago

Seven dead in mid-air collision in Mallorca

MADRID: Seven people including two children were killed in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a light aircraft over Spain’s Mallorca island on Sunday, authorities said.
The two aircraft crashed over the central town of Inca at 1:35 p.m., the regional Balearic Islands government said.
Everyone aboard the two aircraft — two on the plane and five on the helicopter — perished in the crash, a police spokesman said.
A couple and their two children were aboard the helicopter along with the pilot.
The helicopter was registered in Germany, “which doesn’t necessarily mean the occupants were of this nationality,” he said, stressing that an investigation into the victims’ nationalities was still under way.
Police said the two aircraft crashed into a field.
Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands are popular with both Spanish and foreign tourists, especially in the summer season.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed condolences to the victims’ families, and said in a tweet that he was “following the news from... Mallorca with concern.”