Home / Politics / EU Commander Stands By Training of Libyan Coast Guards

EU Commander Stands By Training of Libyan Coast Guards

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)


In an attempt to put an end to mass migration from Libya to Europe, the European Union has begun a training the Libyan coastguard to assist in curbing migration, said Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, the leader of the EU’s Operation Sophia, on Wednesday.

The chaos that befell Libya following Muammar Gaddafi’s death in 2011 weakened the country’s security, leaving it exposed it to countless attacks and enabling human smugglers to take advantage of Libya’s weak state.

“A trained Libyan coastguard, already in that zone, could prevent many deaths,” said Credendino

The operation began on October 26 with the training of 78 Libyan coastguards and is said to last for 14 weeks.

Over 3,740 refugees were killed on route to Europe according to the UN.

“When a rubber boat overturns, it sinks quickly. Hardly any of the migrants can swim and they don’t have life jackets so they drown fast,” said Credendino.

“On some occasions, the coastguard that we are training responded too violently,” he added, referencing an incident where Libyan coast guards allegedly attacked a refugee boat which was witnessed by Sea-Watch, a German non-profit organization.

It is unclear whether the crime witnessed by Sea-Watch was in fact committed by the Libyan coastguard, said Credendino.

Operation Sophia was able to take 99 alleged human traffickers to Italian authorities and captured 337 boats since the operation began in July 2015.

Leave your vote

Check Also

Alkishar: The government is not interested in the mass graves file and deals with it idlely

The head of the management Council of Tarhuna Municipality, Mohamed Alkisher, said in a statement …

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.