EU to launch unprecedented military mission in the Mediterranean

Thousands have died in the past 18 months trying to seek refuge on European shores by way of the treacherous Med crossing. The EU is set to approve plans for a sweeping naval mission to stop the human trafficking.

The European Union’s foreign and defense ministers were scheduled to convene in Brussels on Monday morning to finalize the new mission, which will include a formidable naval force to combat human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea after a spate of shipwrecks that killed hundreds of would-be migrants.

Beginning in June, the ambitious program will deploy surveillance aircraft and warships off the coast of Libya, where most of the ill-fated vessels have set sail.
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Source News: DW