EU backs military action against Med people smugglers


BRUSSELS: European Union member states approved on Monday plans for military action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, seizing and destroying boats to break up networks operating out of Libya, sources said. The European Union launched a first, intelligence gathering phase of its EU NavFor Med operation in July but now it will be allowed to stop and if necessary destroy boats that have carried thousands of migrants risking their lives to get to Europe. “The conditions have been met” to launch the new military phase, one European diplomat told Agence France-Presse. The decision comes as EU interior ministers meet later Monday in Brussels to try and agree quotas for the redistribution of the massive flood of migrants fleeing war and upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa.



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