The European Union needs to reach a deal with Libya to curb the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers’ boats to Italy, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday.
In a sign of its growing annoyance with Italy over its cooperation with the Presidency Council and the Government of National Accord (GNA), the rival interim government in Beida this week accused the Italian navy of illegally entering Libya’s territorial waters. It claimed Italy was violating Libyan sovereignty.
EU – IOM has carried out first aid training courses in Libya with rescuers involved in migrant lifesaving operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The three training courses for government and non-government actors took place in Tripoli in December 2016.
The breakdown in the Libyan justice system has led to a state of impunity in which migrants are subjected to serious human rights violations and abuses, according to a joint UN human rights report published today.
The Libyan coastguards recovered Monday five bodies for illegal migrants off the shores of Tripoli and sent them to the legal authorities and the Red Crescent Organisation.
Over the last few years, the expanse of Mediterranean Sea stretching between Libya and Italy has become an increasingly dangerous highway used by economic migrants and refugees pursuing a desperate dream of a better and richer—or just safer—future in Europe.
The first phase of the European Union’s Operation Sophia training program for the Libyan coastguard and Navy forces was completed on Monday on a Dutch vessel called the Rotterdam.
The spokesman of the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qasim, has revealed that they called again on Italy to return the four Libyan boats that are held for maintenance in there since before the February revolution in 2011.
A group of 81 Libyan Coast Guard trainees and 5 supervisors left the country on Wednesday to start training in the open sea as part of EU Operation Sophia program.
An NGO rescue group said today that the crew of a speedboat labelled “Libyan Coast Guard” had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown.