EU launches military mission to tackle migrant crisis


Meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the ministers gave their nod for the mission to head into its Phase 1, which would see five warships, two submarines, and three maritime patrol aircraft carry out intelligence gathering operations with drones and helicopters in attendance.

The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Sea (EU NAVFOR Med) aims to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “I am impressed by the unanimity and speed with which we have put this together. As the EU, we are determined to contribute to save lives, dismantle the networks of the smugglers of human beings and address the root causes of migration.”

Some 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, most of them landing in Italy, Greece and Malta. The military mission was decided on back in April, when up to 800 people died when their rickety boat sank.


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