Italy, Libya to hold joint operation against people smugglers

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 14.12.2017 14:46

On Saturday 9 November, following a meeting in Tripoli, Italy and the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed to conduct a joint operation against human smugglers and traffickers. The aim is to establish an operations centre consisting of representatives of the Italian and Libyan coast guard, the illegal migration department and intelligence services. 

The Italian Navy is already present at the Tripoli port, where it provides "technical" assistance to the Libyan coast guard. Although there has been a decrease in numbers of migrants coming from Libya to Italy, on Monday 11 November, up to 900 people recently rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily. According to a number of testimonies, they escaped from inhuman conditions in Libya. Amnesty International said in its new report that the EU is a contributor to torture and abuses of migrants in Libya due to the steps it is taking to curb migration, which result in funds ending in the hands of smugglers and militias. In the past, smugglers were the most active in western Libya, where the GNA has very weak authority and control over territory controlled by armed groups.

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