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UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

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UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago
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UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

2024-06-15 01:36 Last Updated At:01:40

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The United Nations' refugee and migration agencies on Friday criticized Greece's failure over the past year to shed light on one of the worst migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea that left hundreds dead.

UNHCR and IOM stressed the “critical" importance of a “comprehensive and conclusive” investigation in a joint statement on the first anniversary of the June 14, 2023, tragedy off southern Greece.

“Investigations have been initiated in Greece but so far no outcome establishing the facts on the incident has been communicated,” they said.

About 1,000 people took part later Friday in a central Athens protest march organized by left-wing groups to mark the anniversary of the shipwreck. Protesters, who included some of the survivors, carried a banner with photographs of the dead.

Several hundred people joined in a similar protest in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Migrant charities and rights groups have widely criticized the Greek coast guard's handling of the shipwreck in international waters 75 kilometers (45 miles) off the town of Pylos.

Only 104 people survived the sinking of the Adriana, a rusty metal fishing boat smuggling up to 750 migrants from Libya to Italy. Although the vessel was clearly in bad shape, Greek officials were unable to evacuate the passengers before it sank. Survivors have said the Adriana went down during a botched coast guard attempt to tow it, which Greek officials strongly deny.

“A thorough investigation is essential to secure justice for the survivors and the families of the victims and to help prevent similar tragedies in the future,” the two U.N. agencies said.

On Thursday, rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said “a credible process for accountability” was needed.

“It is unconscionable that one year since this horrific tragedy, the investigation into the potential liability of (Greece’s) Coast Guard has barely progressed,” HRW official Judith Sunderland said in a joint statement by the groups.

A naval court launched a preliminary investigation days after the accident but has released no information on its progress. In November 2023, Greece’s state ombudsman started a separate probe.

Greek officials had made no statement as of early afternoon Friday to mark the shipwreck anniversary, and did not respond to previous requests for comment.

Greece is a main entry point for people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia seeking a better life in the European Union.

FILE - In this undated photo provided by Greece's coast guard on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, scores of people sit on a battered fishing boat that later capsized and sank off southern Greece. The sinking of the Adriana a year ago in international waters 75 kilometers (45 miles) off southern Greece was one of the worst of its kind in the Mediterranean Sea. Only 82 bodies were recovered, so hundreds of families still lack even the grim satisfaction of certitude that their relatives are dead. (Hellenic Coast Guard via AP, File)

FILE - In this undated photo provided by Greece's coast guard on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, scores of people sit on a battered fishing boat that later capsized and sank off southern Greece. The sinking of the Adriana a year ago in international waters 75 kilometers (45 miles) off southern Greece was one of the worst of its kind in the Mediterranean Sea. Only 82 bodies were recovered, so hundreds of families still lack even the grim satisfaction of certitude that their relatives are dead. (Hellenic Coast Guard via AP, File)

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow is expected to come off the injured list and start against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Glasnow, a first-time All-Star who went to Texas to participate in the festivities earlier this week, went on the 15-day IL on July 9 with back tightness.

The 30-year-old right-hander threw about 57 pitches in a three-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed pleased with the workout.

“Really good. His stuff was great. He said he felt good. Back was good,” Roberts said.

Glasnow described his back injury as “tall-guy back, you just get a little twinge. With the break coming up, they thought it was a good idea to take a little time.” He is expected to throw one more bullpen before his start next week.

Glasnow is 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA for the NL West-leading Dodgers.

One potential concern for the Dodgers is that Glasnow has worked 109 innings so far this season, closing in on his career high for innings worked at 120 last season with Tampa Bay.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who has yet to pitch for the Dodgers this season, had his second rehab start on Friday. He allowed six hits and three runs, all earned, with two strikeouts and no walks for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He threw 49 strikes out his 67 pitches against Round Rock in Texas.

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Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 5, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 5, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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