EU seeks approval from UN to sink human smugglers’ ships in Libyan territorial waters

National Post

The European Union will seek to obtain a UN mandate today for armed action in Libya’s sovereign waters to stem the tide of traffickers pushing migrants towards Europe.

Italy would lead the mission, which will involve 10 EU nations including Britain, France, Spain, the The Guardian reports.

The plan would involve sending EU member ships into Libyan waters to attack and destroy smugglers’ boat.

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Approximately 60,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to UN estimates. Nearly 2,000 have died making the trip so far.

Speaking to the BBC Monday, Libya’s ambassador to the UN said the EU’s plan was “very worrying.”

Separately, every country within the EU could be forced to accept a quota of refugees under highly controversial plans to be unveiled by Brussels this week.

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Britain said it would refuse to accept the proposal by…

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