Italy struggles with surge in Egyptian migrants from eastern Libya


Meloni’s crackdown hindered by thousands packed into fishing boats at Tobruk
People traffickers are packing fishing boats with up to 600 Egyptians in hidden coves near Tobruk in Libya, pointing them towards Italy and playing havoc with Rome’s crackdown on migration.
The Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, was elected in September on the back of a pledge to end the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean from north Africa.

She has waged war on charity rescue ships that pluck them from dinghies after they depart from beaches near Tripoli in western Libya.
However, Italian officials are now facing a rising number of dangerously overloaded fishing boats steaming straight towards their country from the other end of Libya, close to the Egyptian border, and are being forced to step in to avert tragedy.

 

 

 


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