(TOKYO, Japan.) LATEST: The #Japan Meteorological Agency warns of potential #collapses of buildings and more #landslides as #quakes of similar intensity could hit #Yamagata and #Niigata prefectures, with heavy #rain expected in the areas possibly loosening soil #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.19: At least 26 people were injured, including one seriously, after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Japan’s northwestern region late Tuesday, causing landslides and power outages in some areas and prompting thousands of people to evacuate from their homes: Seventeen people were injured in Yamagata Prefecture, four each in Niigata and Miyagi prefectures, and one in Ishikawa Prefecture, according to a Kyodo News tally on Wednesday: There were no reports of people missing. 

(The roof of a sumo ring is seen collapsed at an elementary school in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)

Most of the evacuees had returned home by Wednesday morning, and many residents were busy cleaning up their houses and neighborhoods during cold rain: The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of potential collapses of buildings and more landslides as quakes of similar intensity could hit Yamagata and Niigata prefectures over the following week, with heavy rain expected in the areas on Wednesday night possibly loosening soil.

The earthquake occurred around 10:22 p.m. at a depth of about 14 kilometres, with its epicenter located off Yamagata in the Sea of Japan, according to the meteorological agency: A tsunami warning was issued but lifted hours later: The quake registered upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Murakami in Niigata. A 10-centimeter tsunami was observed in the city of Niigata with smaller ones in other locations including Sakata and Wajima.

(Products are seen scattered on the floor of a supermarket store in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)

(Dishes are seen scattered on the floor of a kitchen of a house in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture.)

“I can’t believe I have experienced major quakes like this repeatedly in my life,” said Riki Yokota, an 81-year-old resident of Murakami, recalling surviving a big earthquake that struck Niigata in 1964: A strong earthquake jolted Niigata Prefecture and its vicinity in 2007 as well.

“I was so afraid I might not be able to escape” after a tsunami warning was issued, she said, after evacuating to a nearby junior high school with her daughter. She said she needs to use a walker: At the school’s gymnasium, about 200 people including elderly people and young children took shelter.

The two passengers and two crew members aboard a local train that was stopped in Murakami following the quake rushed to higher ground from the carriages near the coast: “We were really afraid of a tsunami,” said an evacuee from the train on the JR Uetsu Line who took shelter at a shrine on a hill.

The #Japan Meteorological Agency warns of potential #collapses of buildings and more #landslides as #quakes of similar intensity could hit #Yamagata and #Niigata prefectures, with heavy #rain expected in the areas possibly loosening soil — Kyodo News | Japan (@kyodo_english) June 19, 2019

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JAPAN:VIDEO: ‘ Alert of increased activity near newly restarted Sendai nuclear power plant ‘

#AceNewsReport – JAPAN:Aug.15: Japan has warned that the Sakurajima volcano, located 50 km from the just-restarted Sendai nuclear power plant, is showing signs of increased activity.

The volcano, located on the southern Kyushu Island, is one of the most active in Japan, but a larger-than-usual eruption may come, the country’s Meteorological Agency said. Roughly 100 people living near the mountain’s base were told to be prepared for evacuation. The Sendai plant was brought online on Tuesday after a long delay after safety overhaul prompted by the Fukushima disaster.

The national nuclear regulator believes that volcanic activity poses only a negligible threat to the facility.

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@AceNewsServices Japan offers Aid of $3.5-million to #RohingyaMuslims fleeing #Myanmar

#AceNewsReport – TOKYO:June.20: Tokyo has offered aid of $3.5 million through global agencies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

The money will be used to provide for food and shelter, as well as to fund data analysis of the refugees’ maritime movements. In 2015, at least 25,000 people have been taken to boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the UN estimates.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities” in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Some 1.3 million Rohingyas live in the country’s western Arakan state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangledeshi immigrants and refuses to recognize them as an ethnic group.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Putin looking for talks with Shinzo Abe over Kuril Islands ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.20: Russian president Vladimir Putin said he was “very keen” to hold talks with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, in a bid to resolve the dispute over the Kuril Islands, Kyodo news agency reported.

https://twitter.com/Kyodo_News_EN/status/612116305127194625

“All problems have a solution,” the Russian leader said during a press briefing at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. The sparsely populated Kuril Islands were assigned to the Soviet Union at the conclusion of World War II, but Japan has insisted on the return of the four southernmost islands, which it says are not a part of the Kurils, and should never have been seized by the USSR.

Putin also said that “Japan bears responsibility for the cooling of relations between our countries” and suggested that Tokyo “needs to come up with new ideas for resolving the territorial dispute, which has reached an impasse.”

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Article: Shinzo Abe risks 'disgracing Japan's people' by glossing over war record

#AceNewsReport – Headlines: Japan: June.10:
Shinzo Abe risks ‘disgracing Japan’s people’ by glossing over war record
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/shinzo-abe-risks-disgracing-japans-people-by-glossing-over-war-record

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AUSTRALIA: Deny they paid any bribes to #FIFA officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate AUSTRALIA:June.09: Australia has denied any brides were received by them in 2020 World Cup bid.

Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.

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‘SOUTH KOREA, US & JAPAN JOIN TOGETHER IN PACT TO SHARE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ON NORTH KOREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA:Dec.18 – South Korea, the US and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said.

The information is intended to better deal with threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported.

The three countries have yet to reach a final consensus on the issue.

The ministry denied a report by Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper that the allies will sign the deal by the end of this year.

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JAPAN: ‘ APPROVES RESTART OF SENDAI NUCLEAR PLANT ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – Nov.07 – Regional authorities in Japan on Friday approved the restart of the idled Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co, Reuters said.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

The move paves the way for a revival of the stalled industry, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

The two-reactor Sendai plant is located 1,000km south-west of Tokyo in Kagoshima prefecture.

On Friday, 38 of the 47 members of Kagoshima’s prefectural assembly backed the restart.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed to restart the fleet of 48 offline reactors.

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‘ CHINA REQUESTS JAPAN STOP SCRAMBLING JETS AGAINST THEIR AIRCRAFT ‘

#AceNewsServices – CHINA – October 30 – China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft, Reuters reported.

'China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea '

‘China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea ‘

In recent months, according to (CNN) Territorial tensions between China and Japan have flared after a close encounter between their military jets in disputed airspace over the East China Sea.

The neighbouring rivals accused each other of potentially triggering a dangerous incident, after two pairs of Chinese fighter jets were scrambled and flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane and a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft Saturday.

The fly-bys occurred in airspace claimed by both countries as part of their “air defence identification zones,” while China carried out joint maritime exercises with Russia at the weekend.

The two states have accused the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a territorial dispute as both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea.

'This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China '

‘This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China ‘

They are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Last year, Beijing declared an air defence zone covering most of the East China Sea. Japan’s fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes rose 29 percent to 103 in July-September, Beijing said.

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JAPAN: ‘ FIRST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SINCE FUKUSHIMA DISASTER RESTARTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 28 – After recent wrangles with TEPCO and the people’s dismay with Japan’s government decisions. Today it was announced that a town of 100,000 in south-west Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

Satsumasendai, which hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co plant, is 1,000km south-west of Tokyo.

The town has long relied on the Sendai plant for government subsidies and jobs. Nineteen of the city’s 26 assembly members voted in favour of restarting the plant.

The restart of Japan’s first reactors, under new rules imposed since the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011, is unlikely until next year as Kyushu Electric still needs to pass operational safety checks.

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‘ JAPANESE MAN RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE FOR DESIGNING AND PRINTING A 3D GUN ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 25 – A Japanese man has become the first person to receive a prison sentence for designing and printing a 3D gun.

'Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer '

‘Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer ‘

Yoshitomo Imura, 28, downloaded and printed five plastic guns, two of which could fire real bullets.

He was arrested in May at his home in Kawasaki and on Friday was given a two-year sentenced for creating a deadly firearm by the Yokohama District Court in Japan, a country with extremely strict gun laws.

The former employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology is believed to be the first person to serve jail time for printing 3D guns, which are a growing concern for police around the world.

He also released 3D design data for his guns in videos posted to YouTube, which the ruling Judge Koji Inaba described as “vicious,” according to The Japan News.

He added that he had “flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless.”

In one video posted last year, Imura assembles the .38-caliber handgun from plastic 3D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.

“Freedom of armaments to all people!!” he writes in the video’s description. “A gun makes power equal!!”

It is thought Imura purchased the 3D printer for about $636.09 online.

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JAPAN: ‘ NEW STUDY REVEALS NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS AT RISK OF A MAJOR VOLCANIC ERUPTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 24 – About 95 percent of Japan’s population is at risk of being devastated by a major volcanic eruption, which could happen “at any moment” within the next century, a study revealed.

Volcanic activity has reportedly increased today: 

‘Signs of volcano’s increased activity’ near Japan’s nuclear plant

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64km from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity. This could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption, officials said, warning people to stay away from the summit. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, Reuters said. A month ago, another volcano, Mt. Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

The research, conducted by Japanese scientists, was released on Kobe University’s website on Wednesday.

“It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country,” the authors said, according to AFP.

Kobe University’s professors Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and Keiko Suzuki analyzed the scale and frequency of local volcanic eruptions over the past 120,000 years. At about 1 percent over the next 100 years, they predicted a possibility of a massive volcanic eruption that could leave about 120 million people living across Honshu, Japan’s main island, “hopeless.”

But this figure should not be underestimated, the scientists warn. Back in 1995, a day before a 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed Kobe – with almost 6,400 people killed and 4,400 injured – the chance of a major earthquake striking that Japanese port city was estimated at a similar 1 percent. 

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Nearly 7 percent of the volcanoes that have erupted over the past 10,000 years are located in the nation, with a population of 127 million people.

One of them, a gigantic crater, 23km (14 miles) across, in southern island of Kyushu, which has been struck by seven massive eruptions over the past 120,000 years, served as a model for the scientists.

According to their prediction, should the eruption occur, in just two hours the area would be buried by flows of lava and molten rock, and westerly winds would carry volcanic ash to the second most-populous island in the world, making it “unlivable.”

Another Kyushu mountain, Ioyama, has recently shown some signs of volcanic activity, such as small tremors, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s volcano division told Reuters on Friday. Belonging to Kirishima range, it is located some 64km from the Sendai nuclear plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Furthermore, the frequently erupting Sakurajima Volcano, about 50 km from the plant, also forced officials to issue a warning for people not to approach the peak.

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Although the nuclear plant is currently not operational, it may be restarted next year, after it passes safety checks and gets the approval of local authorities.

In late September, the nation’s deadliest volcanic eruption in almost 90 years occurred. Honshu’s Mount Ontake dramatically erupted without warning, killing 57 hikers and leaving at least six other people missing.

Japan is home to nearly 100 active volcanoes, lying on the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a 40,000km-long horseshoe-shaped area around the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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TOKYO: ‘ POWERFUL TYPHOON VONFONG CHURNS UP READY TO HIT MAINLAND JAPAN MIDDAY MONDAY ‘

#AceWorldNews  – TOKYO – Braces itself for another powerful Typhoon called Vongfong which is presently churning toward Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 35 injured in the south.

The monster storm hit the southern Okinawan islands on Saturday and is now moving toward the main Kyushu and Honshu islands, where it is due to make landfall as early as Monday morning, the national weather agency said.

Vongfong—the season’s 19th typhoon—was in the southern area of Kagoshima at midday Sunday, the meteorological agency said, placing it around 230 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima island. 

It is packing gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour as it moves north-northwest.

“The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Kyushu on Monday morning,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters of AFP that it will hit landfall around midday Monday.

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TOKYO: ‘ Public Debates Stir Reaction to Restarting Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – Japan has launched public debates on restarting nuclear power plants with a first in a series of town hall meetings held in Satsumasendai, a coastal city south-west of Tokyo, that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co facility, Reuters reported.

Organizers had to introduce a lottery system for those who wanted to attend, due to the high interest.

The authorities were criticized for limiting the number of participants and for banning certain questions, like evacuation plans, from discussion.

Greenpeace has described the meetings as a “farce.” Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, opposition to nuclear power has been strong in Japan.

The country halted its last nuclear reactor a year ago. PM Shinzo Abe’s government would like to see the plants back on-line, and has promised tougher security measures.

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#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – A Japanese court has ruled Google had to delete about half of 237 search results appearing after a plaintiff’s name was entered, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported as cited by AFP.

The man started his legal action in June, saying the Google search results were damaging for his reputation as they were suggesting he could be involved in a crime.

A Google spokesman told AFP the company was reviewing the order and studying options, including an appeal.

The Japan court ruling comes after the EU’s top court said in May that individuals had the so-called right “to be forgotten,” which is the right to ask Google to delete some of their personal data.

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‘ Japan and United States Agree New Defence Strategy to Ward Off Threat of China ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 09 – Japan and the United States have agreed to create a new defence partnership to counter their perceived threat of China.

This followed their beefed up defence spending review in 2013. 

Tokyo has become more assertive in its military policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but this has led to protests at home.

The new pact will help to set out how Japan and the US will work together during various degrees of provocation, from peacetime, to when Tokyo may be under, or carrying out, an armed attack.

“The two governments will take measures to prevent the deterioration of Japan’s security in all phases, seamlessly, from peacetime to contingencies,” an interim report between the two countries stated, Reuters reported.

This is the first time the two countries have revised their bilateral security arrangements in 17 years and it can largely be seen as a response to increased Chinese military activity, especially in the East China Sea.

Tokyo and Beijing have been involved in a disagreement about a group of islands, which are currently controlled by Japan in the East China Sea.

Their importance of the Senkaku Islands, as they are known in Japan, has grown, with the belief that there are oil reserves under the seabed.

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JAPAN: ‘ Nearly 1.7 Million People Take Shelter as Typhoon Phanfone Makes Landfall ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN (Tokyo) – In Japan, nearly 1.7 million people have been advised to take shelter in refugee centres after a powerful typhoon hit the country’s central region.

Typhoon Phanfone, which struck central Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, early Monday, also forced the cancellation of more than 600 flights.

Authorities in Tokyo have asked residents to refrain from leaving their homes. They also ordered the evacuation of more than 50,000 people throughout the country.

As a result of the typhoon, at least one person, a US airman, was killed and three others, two US servicemen and a 21-year-old surfer, remain missing.

Winds up to 180 kilometers per hour reportedly gushed through an area near Yokohama, south of the capital, Tokyo.

The storm moved northeast after whirling over the capital, Tokyo, at around 11:00 a.m. (0200 GMT). The typhoon is expected to head directly toward Tokyo.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the country witnesses about 11 typhoons a year.

The latest typhoon comes as rescue teams were still searching for the remains of victims of the volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake which occurred late last month. 

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JAPAN: ‘ Formula One Driver Jules Bainchi Seriously Injured in Japanese Grand Prix After Crashing into Recovery Vehicle’

#AceBreakingNews – JAPAN – October 05  – A Formula 1 driver has been seriously injured after crashing into a recovery vehicle in rain-soaked conditions in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The race was cut short by nine laps as Marussia driver Jules Bianchi dramatically crashed out at the same site as Adrian Sutil’s Sauber – which had aquaplaned off the track and was being recovered by marshals and machinery at the time.

Unconscious Bianchi was taken to Mie University hospital, 10 miles away, and the race was stopped on lap 46. 

Bianchi’s father has since told French television that his son’s condition is ‘critical’ and he is undergoing surgery for head injuries

According to FIA officials, the 25-year-old Bianchi will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored after the surgery. 

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JAPAN: ‘ Braces itself for Onslaught of Typhoon Phanfone as Thousands Lose Power ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN (Tokyo) – October 05 – Following closely on from the recent Volcano erupting, killing 50 people to date and causing major disruption to the centre of Japan, the people brace themselves for the latest onslaught of a Typhoon Phanfone

 

At least 22,000 households have been left without power in the Amami area in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the most south-westerly main island of Kyushu as powerful typhoon Phanfone moves in, reports Japan’s national public broadcaster NKH.  

At least 58 residents of the area were evacuated.

According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is 180km east of the island of Amami and is moving north at 15kph.

The typhoon is expected to strike the country’s main islands at about 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

It was only back on July 08 2014 when another Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Okinawa.

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‘ Perilous Journey of Migrants Leaves them Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’

AceNewsServices (Editors Choice) – October 01 – The first the crew of the Antarctica knew of the disaster was a radio request to help a search and rescue operation.

` Sp-Sea-Mediterranean-Migrant-Disaster'

` Sp-Sea-Mediterranean-Migrant-Disaster’

There were bodies in the water 200 miles off the coast of Malta.

Two other ships – the Verdi and the Japan – were already at the scene, picking people out of the sea.

The Antarctica was swiftly diverted and took command until the arrival of coastguard and naval ships.

The timesheet of the rescue makes for chilling reading, a catastrophe recounted in staccato phrases.

The Verdi picks up four people in the water, the log recalls, but one of them is dead. An empty liferaft is spotted. And then a body in the water.

A woman and two children are rescued by the Japan.

A few hours later, the crew of the Antarctica hear voices. Three people are retrieved. Over 24 hours, 11 people would be plucked alive out of the waves, a two-year-old girl among them, and taken to Malta, Crete and Italy.

One of the survivors was Hameed Barbakh. A resident of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. He would later describe to the Guardian the tragedy that so nearly cost him his life. In perhaps the most egregious episode yet of a deadly year on the Mediterranean, a fishing boat packed with hundreds of migrants had been rammed by another smuggling vessel when those on board refused to get on a smaller boat. As hundreds drowned, Barbakh survived by clinging to a life-jacket he found near the wreck.

His story meshed with those of other groups of people from Gaza whose relatives were caught in the grim incident.

Their stories illuminate two startling new details about the perilous Mediterranean odysseys which this year have claimed the lives of more migrants than ever before.

The first is that as well as countless Syrians, Afghans and Africans trying to make the perilous journey, a surprising number of refugees are from Gaza.

The second is that in order to escape, they must put their lives in the hands of a wealthy, influential and ruthless smuggling gang.

Rarely has the expression “devil and the deep blue sea” seemed more appropriate.

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