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Germany and Italy want to take control of Libya-Niger border to stem flow of migrants

The interior ministers of Germany and Italy have written to Brussels urging the creation of an “EU Mission” at the border between Libya and Niger “as soon as possible,” after over 40,000 people traveled through the North African country into Europe this year.

Libyan authorities seize goods bound for smuggling to neighboring countries

The fuel and gas crisis committee has announced confiscating all of the vehicles that had been prepared to smuggle fuel and foods outside Libya via Ras Ajdair border with Tunisia. The committee said Tuesday that Ras Ajdair security personnel seized all of the vehicles and foods as well as other …

Libya asks EU for motorboats, helicopters to patrol coast

Libya is asking the European Union for motorboats and helicopters to help patrol the Mediterranean Sea for ships carrying migrants. The German government says a “request list” for Libya’s coast guard also includes ambulances, communications equipment and night vision gear. According to the German government’s response to a parliamentary question …

Military operation launched to target fuel smugglers operating at sea

The Fuel Crisis Committee, originally established by Tripoli municipal council in 2015 to find solutions to the shortage of fuel in the capital, yesterday launched what is being called “Operation Mediterranean Storm” to counter the smuggling of Libya’s subsidised fuel by sea.